Professor Vladimir Markovic to deliver the 2022 Terry Wall Lecture

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Professor Vladimir Marković FRS

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is delighted to welcome Professor Vladimir Marković FRS to deliver the annual Terry Wall Lecture, which will take place on the 9th of November 2022 at 4pm in the Chadwick-Rotblat lecture theatre (Chadwick Building). You are warmly invited to participate. Refreshments will be available in the foyer outside the lecture theatre starting at 3:30pm. Wine and nibbles will be served after the lecture.

Professor Marković's talk is entitled "The fundamental group in low dimensional geometry and topology".

Abstract: One of the central themes in geometry and topology is the classification of manifolds. As it turns out, the fundamental group plays a key role in understanding the topology of manifolds in low dimensions. It also provides an insight into which canonical geometric structures such  manifolds can carry. The first part of the talk will be elementary starting with the definition of the fundamental and homology groups and basic examples of surfaces and 3-manifolds.

For any queries concerning the lecture, please contact Alice Rizzardo

No registration needed to attend the event in person. To attend online, please register here

About the speaker

Vladimir Marković FRS is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Belgrade, under the supervision of Miodrag Mateljević.

He started to make his name, from thesis onwards, with powerful and striking results in quasiconformal mappings and Teichmuller theory: a theory (on which he also has written a graduate textbook with Alistair Fletcher)  in the bedrock of hyperbolic geometry which hence underlies the  huge advances in hyperbolic geometry and in low dimensional topology in the last few decades. He has contributed to many of these advances directly.

He has made outstanding contributions to the theory of groups of homeomorphisms, diffeomorphisms, mapping class groups, harmonic maps. A  particular triumph  was his work with Jeremy Kahn on good pants(!) and a proof of the Ehrenpreis conjecture.

Among many honours, he was awarded a Clay Research Award in 2012, and a Whitehead Prize and Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004. He was elected a Fellow to the Royal Society in 2014.

About the Terry Wall Lecture

The Terry Wall Lecture is an annual lecture on a topic in Pure Mathematics (broadly construed) by an internationally distinguished speaker. The lecture is named in honour of Professor Terry Wall FRS,  Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Liverpool from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. During this time he served terms as Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and as President of the London Mathematical Society. His research has been recognised by a number of prestigious awards and honours, including the Senior Whitehead Prize and the Pólya Prize of the LMS, the Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society, and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor Terry Wall FRS

Professor Terry Wall FRS