FAVORITE PHOTOS OF 2008
During my ten year term as Chairman of the Mathematics
Department at the University of Florida, I ran a vibrant visiting
program. I was inspired as a young boy watching my father
organize an outstanding visiting program at MATSCIENCE,
and indeed even before that with his Theoretical Physics
Seminar. In Florida, the Spring semesters were packed with
eminent visiting mathematicians giving talks both technical
and of wide appeal. My parents visited every year during the
Spring term and my father never missed a single featured
colloquium talk during his stay. He enjoyed discussions with
the distinguished speakers at the seminars on campus and
at the parties at my home in Gainesville that my wife Mathura
graciously hosted. Spring 2008, my final term as Chairman,
was among the best in terms of concentration of eminent
visitors - 1994 Fields medalist Efim Zelmanov gave the Tenth
Erdos Colloquium in January, the eminent combinatorialist
Dominique Foata delivered the Tenth Ulam Colloquium in
February, National Academy Member Bertram Kostant gave
the Center for Applied Math Colloquium in March, and the
great number theorist Peter Sarnak delivered the Second
Ramanujan Colloquium, also in March. The Ramanujan
Colloquium was sponsored by Evan Pugh Professor George
Andrews of Penn State University who was in residence all
of Spring 2008, as he has been doing annually every year
in the Spring since 2006.
In May 2008, my father chose six pictures of visitors of Spring 2008.
He wanted these enlarged, framed and displayed in the upstairs
lecture hall of our family home "Ekamra Nivas" in Madras. That is
where they are now, but sadly he is not there to see them since he
passed away in June 2008 in Florida just before he was planning
to return to India. We reproduce those pictures here in his memory.
Five of these pictures show him in discussion with these eminent
visitors at my home in Gainesville, and in conversation with
1970 Fields Medalist and 2008 Abel Laureate John Thompson,
my colleague at the University of Florida.
Alladi Ramakrishnan in discussion with 1994 Fields Medalist
Efim Zelmanov (UC San Diego) who delivered the Tenth Erdos
Colloquium - January 2008
Alladi Ramakrishnan in discussion with the eminent
combinatorialist Dominique Foata (Univ. Strasbourg, France)
who delivered the Tenth Ulam Colloquium. Mrs Ramakrishnan
looks on - February 2008
Alladi Ramakrishnan and Krishna Alladi with
National Academy of Science Member and Ramanujan
Expert George Andrews (Penn. State Univ.) who is
Distinguished Visiting Professor at Florida each
spring - February, 2008
Alladi Ramakrishnan in discussion with 1970 Fields Medalist
John Thompson during a party at Krishna's home in Gainesville -
April 2008. Thompson, who is Graduate Research Professor at the
University of Florida, won the Abel Prize in May 2008.
Alladi Ramakrishnan in discussion with Professor Bertram Kostant (MIT),
who delivered the Center for Applied Mathematics Colloquium -
Krishna Alladi in discussion with Professor Peter Sarnak (Princeton)
who delivered the Second Ramanujan Colloquium. Seen standing
are Professors John Thompson and Bert Kostant in discussion.
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Monday, January 25, 2010.
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