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Myhill Lecture Series

Hosting distinguished mathematicians from around the world

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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 John R. Myhill Lecture Series is funded, in part, by the Darwin D. Martin endowment.

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Chronological listing of the Myhill Lecture Series hosted by UB Mathematics since 1988

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), 
L-Harmonic Forms and Topological InvariantsHistory of Full Reducibility and Invariants for SL. 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

Short biography: John R. Myhill, Sr.

John R. Myhill, Sr. photograph courtesy of Paul Halmos

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.

More about the work of John R. Myhill, Sr.

Myhill's Mathematics

Myhill's Music

Hiller: Computer Music Retrospective, CD, July 1990 
Lejaren Hiller, Charles Ames, John Myhill, Jan Williams

See more about J.M.'s property

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.