# Chow Lecture

**May 22 - 24, 2017****Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences** and**University of Leipzig***Wei-Liang Chow* (October 1, 1911, Shanghai – August 10, 1995, Baltimore) was a celebrated mathematician best known for his work in algebraic geometry, though he also made important contributions to other areas such as differential geometry, differential equations, and control theory. Within algebraic geometry he is known among other things for his work on intersection theory (Chow's moving lemma, Chow ring), for Chow's theorem on algebraicity of projective analytic varieties, and for many other achievements.

Chow was born in Shanghai, had his school education in the United States, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1931. He obtained his PhD in **Leipzig** in 1936, where he worked with van der Waerden (who was a professor at the University of Leipzig), introducing in particular Chow coordinates. Subsequently, Chow was a professor in Nanjing, Princeton and at Johns Hopkins University were he worked until 1977.

The idea behind the Chow lectures - which almost coincide with Chow's 80th Phd anniversary - is to give students the opportunity to enjoy lectures by internationally renowned experts on active fields of modern mathematics and to create a stimulating research environment.

Inaugural speaker for the Chow lectures 2017 is *Claire Voisin* (Collège de France). Claire Voisin is mainly known for her works on algebraic geometry and its relation to Hodge theory. Among her fundamental achievements are counterexamples to the Kodaira problem and a solution of the generic case of Green's conjecture. She obtained several distinctions such as the European Mathematical Society Prize in 1992, the Servant Prize in 1996, the Sophie Germain Prize in 2003 and the Clay Research Award in 2008. In 2016 she received the Gold medal from the French National Centre for Scientific Research – the highest scientific research award in France.

In addition, there will be a historical introduction by Norbert Schappacher (Université de Strasbourg).

## More Information

## Date and Location

**May 22 - 24, 2017**

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences

Inselstraße 22

04103 Leipzig

Germany

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University of Leipzig

Augustusplatz 10

04103 Leipzig

Germany

## Scientific Organizers

**Karim Adiprasito**, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Universität Leipzig**Christian Lehn**, Technische Universität Chemnitz**Mateusz Michalek**, MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, Leipzig & Polish Academy of Sciences**Matthias Schwarz**, Universität Leipzig

## Administrative Contact

**Saskia Gutzschebauch**

MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

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