PIMS Public Lecture: Ken Ono (Emory University)

  • Date: 11/24/2016
Ken Ono, Emory University

University of British Columbia


Gems of Ramanujan: The Legacy of and Lasting Impact on Mathematics

Thursday, Nov 24, 2016

Location: AERL 120

Time: 4:30pm

Ken Ono (Emory University)



Ramanujan's work has had a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan's findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics, and also influenced the lecturer's work, will be discussed. The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture.





Biography: Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He is considered to be an expert in the theory of integer partitions and modular forms. He has been invited to speak to audiences all over North America, Asia and Europe. His contributions include several monographs and over 150 research and popular articles in number theory, combinatorics and algebra. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA and has received many awards for his research in number theory, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) by Bill Clinton in 2000 and he was named the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005. In addition to being a thesis advisor and postdoctoral mentor, he has also mentored dozens of undergraduates and high school students. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for several journals and is an editor of The Ramanujan Journal. Visit his web page at http://www.mathcs.emory.edu/~ono/




Other Information: 

Location: AERL 120


Reception: 4:00pm - 4:30pm at AERL Atrium


Lecture Start: 4:30pm



Note to Particpants:


This is the third of a series of events with Ken Ono, hosted by PIMS and UBC: 


  1. Nov 22: Old Auditorium- Celebrating Discovery, Four Visionary Thinkers (Hosted by UBC)
  2. Nov 23: CIRS 1250 at 5:30pm; Movie Screening: The Man Who Knew Infinity (Hosted by PIMS) 
  3. Nov 24: AERL 120 at 4:30pm; PIMS Public Lecture: Gems of Ramanujan (Hosted by PIMS) 
  4. Nov 25: ESB 2012 at 3:00pm; PIMS Distinguished Lecture: New Theorems (Hosted by PIMS and the UBC Math Dept)