Since 1988, the Myhill Lecture Series has featured special presentations and lectures by distinguished mathematicians from around the world. The series is named to honor John R. Myhill, Sr., who served as a UB Mathematics professor from 1966 to 1987. Myhill graduated from Harvard University in 1949. His dissertation is titled, A Semantically Complete Foundation for Logic and Mathematics. The UB Mathematics John R. Myhill Lecture Series is funded, in part, by the Darwin D. Martin endowment.
The 2020-21 Myhill Lecture Series has been postponed due to Covid-19. The next edition of the Myhill Lectures will be delivered by Gigliola Staffilani, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The dates will be announced at a later time.
Victor Kac (MIT) November 1988
David Saltman (U. of Texas, Austin) February 1989
Cameron Gordon (U. of Texas, Austin)
Combinatorial Methods in Knot Theory. March 1990
Armand Borel (IAS), L2-Harmonic Forms and Topological Invariants History of Full Reducibility and Invariants for SL2. November 1990
Leon A. Takhtajan (U. of Colorado)
Geometry and Physics: Uniformization of Riemann Surfaces, Complex Geometry of Moduli Spaces and Two-Dimensional Quantum Gravity. November 1991
Ross Street (Macquarie Univ.) Categorical Structures in Mathematical Physics and Computing (and Vice Versa). April 1993
Peter Kronheimer (Oxford U. and IAS) March 1994
Stuart Antman (U. Maryland) Dissipation and Its Delights. March 1995
V. Kumar Murty (U. of Toronto) Fermat's Last Theorem, Congruences and L-Functions. April/May 1996
DeWitt Sumners (Florida State University, Tallahassee) The Topology of DNA. April 1997
Robert V. Kohn (NYU-Courant Institute) The Mathematics of Material Microstructure. April 1998
Gang Tian (MIT) Quantum Cohomology. March 1999
Hyman Bass (Univ. of Michigan) Tree Lattices ; Rigid Discrete Groups. April 2000
Andre Kirillov (Univ. of Pennsylvania) The Orbit Method in Representation, Theory of Lie Groups and Beyon. March 2001
Robert K. Lazarsfeld (Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor) Multiplier Ideals and their Applications in Algebraic Geometry. April 2002
Serguei Novikov (University of Maryland and Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russia) Low Dimensional Topology in Analysis and Physics. April 2003
Christophe Margerin (Ecole Polytechnique, C.M.L.S.) The Ricci flow to geometrize 3-manifolds. April 2004
Vladimir E. Zakharov (Univ. of Arizona) Nonlinear waves, geometry, and integrable systems. April 2005
William Arveson (University of California, Berkeley) Operator Theory and the K-Homology of Algebraic Varieties. April 2006
Jonathan David Farley (University of the West Indies, Jamaica) The Many Lives of Lattice Theory. March 2007
Benson Farb (University of Chicago) Hidden Symmetry: The Torelli group: algebra, topology and dynamics. March 2008
Mark Kisin (University of Chicago) p-adic Hodge Theory. April 2009
George Papanicolaou (Stanford University) Imaging with Noise. March 2010
Benjamin Weiss (Hebrew University) The Isomorphism Problem in Ergodic Theory. April 2011
Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah) April 2012
Peter Sarnak (Princeton University and IAS) March 2013
Percy Deift (Courant Institute) Talks on Matrices. October 2013
Ciprian Manolescu (UCLA) Non-triangulable manifolds via gauge theory. April 2015
Gopal Prasad (University of Michigan) Number Theory in Geometry. October 2016
Guoliang Yu (Texas A & M University) Groups, Manifolds, and Higher Invariants of Elliptic Operators. September, 2017
Mark Newman (University of Michigan) Lecture 1: Epidemics, Erdos numbers, and the Internet: The mathematics of networks; Lecture 2: Randomized models of networks; Lecture 3: Phase transitions and belief propagation in sparse networks. October 2018.
Laura DeMarco (Northwestern University) Complex dynamics and arithmetic geometry, September, 2019.
John R. Myhill, Sr. (11 August 1923 – 15 February 1987) was a British mathematician. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University under Willard Van Orman Quine in 1949. He was professor at SUNY Buffalo from 1966 until his death in 1987. He also taught at several other universities. His son, also named John Myhill, is a professor of linguistics in the English department of the University of Haifa in Israel.
Since 1988, the Myhill Lecture Series at UB has featured well over two dozen distinguished mathematicians from around the world.
Hiller: Computer Music Retrospective, CD, July 1990
Lejaren Hiller, Charles Ames, John Myhill, Jan Williams
Tsukuba exposition 1985: computer generated music Perspectives of New Music
Automated Composition: An Installation at the 1985 International Exposition in Tsukuba, Japan
J.M.'s Early Efforts — wrote digitally on reel-to-reel tapes, which were then replayed analog.