In memory of Lars Hörmander, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians

01 February 2013

Lund University Professor Emeritus Lars Hörmander, who is recognised as one of the world’s greatest mathematicians and the foremost modern contributor to the modern theory of linear partial differential equations, passed away on 25 November 2012 in Lund at the age of 81.

On 2 February, The Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University is holding a memorial in honour of his legacy and contribution to the University and the world.

In 1962, Dr Hörmander received the Fields Medal, the mathematical equivalent of a Nobel Prize and the most prestigious award a mathematician can receive. He also received the Wolf Prize in 1988, the Leroy P. Steele Prize in 2006 and was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 1976.

Hörmander studied at Lund University where he was awarded a Master’s degree in 1950 and completed his PhD in 1955. It was during this time, in 1952, that Hörmander began working on the theory of partial differential equations. After some years away, he eventually came back to Lund University in 1968 to work as a professor, where he remained until his retirement in 1996.

Hörmander’s work has provided the answers to important questions about the physical behaviour of the real world, including weather, electromagnetism and the flow of fluids of all sorts. He was a powerful analyst who revolutionised the modern theory of partial differential equations.

26th Nordic Congress of Mathematicians in Lund
The 26th Nordic Congress of Mathematicians will be held at Lund University from 10 to 13 June 2013 and will be dedicated to the memory of Lars Hörmander. The congress will as always be organised jointly with a partner society. This time it will be the European Mathematical Society, thus making the congress the first European–Nordic Congress of Mathematicians.

The Memorial
The Memorial on 2 February will be held at Matematikcentrum (The Centre for Mathematical Sciences), Sölvegatan 18,Lund, Room MH:C  between 09:00 – 17:00. The memorial will be held in Swedish with short, personal speeches by Lars Hörmander’s former PhD students.