The Hugh C. Morris Lecture Series




The Hugh C. Morris Lecture Series was generously endowed by Dr. Hugh Morris (1932-2012), former Chair of the PIMS Board of Directors, and long-time friend of the mathematical sciences. Dr. Morris had more than 40 years of experience in the mineral industry, including a term as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Metals, and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Morris was a member of NSERC's Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lithoprobe Project.

Click here to view the speech delivered by Alejandro Adem, former PIMS Director, at a memorial gathering in honor of Hugh Morris in January, 2013.



2016, September 29 (UVic): Voting in Agreeable Societies

Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College; President of the Mathematical Association of America)

Francis Edward Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and President of the Mathematical Association of America. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research is in geometric and topological combinatorics, motivated by applications in the social sciences. He has held visiting appointments at Cornell University, MSRI, and Caltech. His work has been supported by multiple NSF research grants and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. Su also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing, and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He has delivered many invited lectures at national and Section meetings, including the 2006 Leitzel Lecture. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app.


Lecture History:


2016, March 4 (UBC): Probability, Oustide the Classroom.

David Aldous (UC, Berkeley)

David Aldous is a professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1977. Aldous is the author of "Probability Approximations via the Poisson Clumping Heuristic" and (with Jim Fill) of a notorious unfinished online work "Reversible Markov Chains and Random Walks on Graphs." His research in mathematical probability has covered weak convergence, exchangeability, Markov chain mixing times, continuum random trees, stochastic coalescence and spatial random networks. A central theme has been the study of large finite random structures, obtaining asymptotic behavior as the size tends to infinity via consideration of some suitable infinite random structure. He was founding editor of the journal "Probability Surveys." He has recently become interested in articulating critically what mathematical probability says about the real world. Aldous is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.


2014, November 14 (UVic): The Mathematics of Bats

Cedric Villani (University of Lyon & Institut Henri Poincaré)

Cedric Villani is a French mathematician working primarily on partial differential equations and mathematical physics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010.


2013, November 1 (UBC): Can We Choose Optimally? The Neural Dynamics of Decisions

Philip Holmes (Princeton University)

Phil Holmes is a Professor of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics at Princeton University, where he directed the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics until 1997, and again in 2010-11. He is an associated faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.


2012, November 1 (UCalgary): Numbers and Shapes

Henri Darmon (McGill)

Henri Darmon specializes in number theory, working on Hilbert's 12th problem and its relation with the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. He is currently a James McGill Professor of Mathematics at McGill University. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2003 and in 2008,  awarded the Royal Society of Canada's John L. Synge Award.


2011, November 7 (UBC): Uncertainty quantification and systemic risk

George Papanicolaou (Stanford University)

Prof. George Papanicolaou is a highly regarded applied mathematician, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, winner of the SIAM von Neumann Prize (2006) and the William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics (2010).