## Stewart S. Cairns Memorial Lectures

The Stewart S. Cairns Memorial Lectures, held biennially from 1983 to 2006, honors the memory of Stewart S. Cairns (1904-1982), Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois from 1948 until his retirement in 1972. Cairns served as Head of the department from 1948-1958. The Cairns Foundation, established by the late Professor Cairns' family, supported this series of public lectures by outstanding mathematicians in the mathematical areas of geometry and topology that were the focus of Professor Cairns' work. |
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Year | Lecturer | Lecture Title |

1983 | Dennis
Sullivan Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center |
Dynamics in One Variable - A Rather Complete but Rather Complicated Theory |

1985 | Sir
Michael Atiyah Oxford University |
Ideas
from Theoretical Physics Riemannian Four-Dimensional Manifolds Algebraic Surfaces |

1985 | John
Milnor Institute for Advanced Study |
Fractals in Dynamical Systems |

1986 | Mary
Ellen Rudin University of Wisconsin, Madison |
The Interplay Between Old Fashioned Topology and Set Theory - Or How to Build Really Strange Manifolds |

1988 | William
Browder Princeton University |
Finite Transformation Groups |

1989 | William
Thurston Princeton University |
Automatic Groups, Conway's Tiling Groups and Self-Similar Tilings |

1990 | Andrew
Casson University of California at Berkeley |
3-Dimensional
Topology Plausible and Implausible Approaches to the 3-Dimensional Poincare Conjecture |

1991 | John
R. Stallings University of California at Berkeley |
Group
Triangles of Non-Positive Curvature Negatively Curved Groups and Related Conceptors Group Theoretic Ideas Related to Simple Connectedness at Infinity for 3 Manifolds |

1992 | John
Morgan Columbia University |
Gauge
Theory and the Topology of 4-Manifolds: Introduction and Overview Connections with Algebraic Geometry A Meyer-Vietoris Principal for Self-Dual Connections and Its Applications |

1994 | Raoul
Bott Harvard University |
Invariants
of Manifolds: Remembrance of Things Past On the Relations between Mathematics and Physics Rational Homotopy and the Integral Geometry of Knots |

1996 | Robert
MacPherson Institute for Advanced Study |
Topology of Spaces with Torus Actions |

1999 | William
Fulton University of Michigan, Ann Arbor |
Eigenvalues, Invariant Factors, Highest Weights, and Schubert Calculus |

2000 | Frank
Quinn Virginia Polytechnic Institute |
Why
is the Fourth Dimension So Weird?: "High" and "Low" Collide in Dimension 4 Topological 4-Manifolds: Wild Techniques, Tame Results Smooth 4-Manifolds: Physics Shows the Way, Sort Of |

2002 | Shmuel
Weinberger University of Chicago |
Towards a Calculus of Symmetry |

2004 | Dusa
McDuff SUNY at Stony Brook |
The
Topology of Symplectomorphism Groups Ono's Proof of the Flux Conjecture Comparing Toric and Symplectic Automorphism Groups |

2006 | Bruce
Kleiner Yale University |
Perelman's
work on Thurston's Geometrization Conjecture The asymptotic geometry of negatively curved spaces: uniformization, geometrization, and rigidity |