On October 16, Professor Ram Murty will celebrate his 60th birthday, and in his honour, colleagues and collaborators are gathering in Montreal to discuss the research that they all have in common and in which Professor Murty has been influential – algebraic and analytic number theory. The objective of the conference is to present recent discoveries, stimulate new research ideas, and serve as an inspiration to all who attend.
Professor Murty joined Queen’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1996, where he now holds a Queen's Research Chair in Mathematics. One of the world’s outstanding experts on modular forms and elliptic curves, he is recognized for making the first major breakthrough in the solution of Artin's conjecture, a problem that puzzled mathematicians for nearly a century. Dr. Murty’s early work with his brother, Kumar Murty, resolved Kolyvagin's conjecture and established new ground in the theory of elliptic curves.
"I am absolutely delighted to see Professor Murty honoured by his peers for his distinguished career as a leader in mathematics both in Canada and on the international stage. His extraordinary success at research is complemented by his devotion to teaching and training the next generation of mathematicians," said Associate Vice-Principal (Research), Dr. Cynthia Fekken.
"I am honoured and humbled by this event. It is gratifying to see the younger generation taking up the torch of knowledge and know that you have had a vital role in the transmission of the research tradition" said Murty.
His work has been widely recognized with a variety of honours, including the Balaguer prize, a Killam Fellowship, an EWR Steacie Fellowship, and the Jeffery-Williams Prize.
Following the event, a Festschrift containing the original contributions of Dr. Murty’s colleagues will be presented to him.