(Credit: Korean Institute for Advanced Study.)


Dr. Efrim Zelmanov, 1994 Fields Medal recipient, 2001 National Academy of Sciences member and holder of the Rita L. Atkinson Chair in Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, is visiting the Texas A&M University campus this week to present two public lectures in conjunction with the Dr. Carl "C.J." Maxson Endowed Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics.

Zelmanov, an international expert in algebra, will present "Infinite Dimensional Lie Algebras and Superalgebras" on Monday (May 4), followed by "Some Open Problems in Asymptotic Theory of Finite Groups and Algebras" on Tuesday (May 5). Both lectures are scheduled for 4 p.m. in Room 117 in the John R. Blocker Building.

Monday's talk will focus on examples, classification and representation theory of Lie algebras and superalgebras of polynomial growth, while Tuesday's will discuss open problems in finite groups and algebras inspired by combinatorial group theory.

Zelmanov studied mathematics at the State University in Novosibirsk, Russia, earning both his master's of science degree (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) before taking a research position at the Institute for Mathematics of the Soviet (later Russian) Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk), of which he is still a member. In 1990 he emigrated to the United States to become a professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 1994 he went to the University of Chicago, and between 1995 and 2002 taught at Yale University. He has held the Atkinson Chair at UC San Diego since 2002 and has been a distinguished professor at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study since 1996.

Among his many deep results, Zelmanov has solved major problems in Lie algebra theory and group theory, including the restricted Burnside Problem which had been open for more than 60 years and for which he received the Fields Medal. In addition to the National Academy of Sciences, he is a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Sciences, the Royal Academy of Spain and the Academy of Sciences of Brazil as well as a fellow of both the American Mathematical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the Fields Medal, Zelmanov has received the College de France Medal and the Andre Aizenstadt Prize.

The Maxson Lecture Series honors Texas A&M Professor Emeritus Carl "C.J." Maxson, a member of the Texas A&M Mathematics faculty from 1969 until his retirement in 2002. The annual event was established in October 2005 through a generous endowment from Dr. Ponnammal Natarajan, an eminent faculty member at Rajalakshmi Engineering College in Chennai, India, who earned her doctorate in mathematics from Texas A&M in 1974. In addition to being Dr. Maxson's first doctoral student, Natajaran is the first female to ever receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Texas A&M, which was an all-male university until 1963. Each year the series features experts in areas of current interest in algebra, combinatorics, number theory and theoretical computer science.

For more information on either event, contact the Department of Mathematics at (979) 845-7554.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Efim Zelmanov, Fields Medal, 1994

    (Courtesy photograph.)

  • Carl "C.J." Maxson

    Texas A&M Professor Emeritus Dr. Carl "C.J." Maxson, a 33-year member of the Texas A&M Mathematics faculty and namesake of the Maxson Endowed Lecture Series.

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