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MIT Mathematician to Give Weisfeiler Memorial Lecture on 17 April

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Victor Kac, professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the 2000 Weisdeiler Memorial Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, 17 April, in 106 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.  The free public lecture, titled "Applications of Weisfeiler's Filtration: From Pseudogroups to Supersymmetry and Elementary Particles," is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Eberly College of Science.

Kac has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Wigner Medal and the medal of the College of France, and selection as an honorary member of the Moscow Mathematics Society.  He received his Ph. D. from Moscow State University in 1968.

The Weisfeiler Memorial Lectures were established in memory of Boris Weisfeiler, a member of the Penn State Department of Mathematics from 1976 to 1985, who mysteriously disappeared while hiking in the Chilean Andes in 1985.

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