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Roosevelt University hosting conference to honor distinguished mathematician

Posted: 10/29/2012
Roosevelt University will host on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 “Special Functions, Partial Differential Equations and Harmonic Analysis,” a conference in honor of Calixto P. Calderón, mathematics pioneer who helped develop the Calderón-Zygmund school of Harmonic Analysis.

Confirmed speakers include faculty members from DePaul University, the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Florida Atlantic University, Indiana University, the University of Kansas, Rutgers University and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A special session featuring some of Calderón’s former doctoral students will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Calderón obtained his doctorate at Universidad de Buenos Aires studying under the famous Argentinian mathematician Alberto González-Domínguez. He then moved to the U.S. where he wrote papers on singular integral theory and applications of harmonic analysis to partial differential equations, and become a professor of mathematics at UIC. He worked on ordinary differential equations, probability theory and had great influence in the area of harmonic analysis for orthogonal polynomial expansions.  He also wrote articles on the history of mathematics and the mathematical modeling of tumor growth.

Calderón remained at UIC for almost 30 years where he had eight doctoral students and 47 descendants according to the Mathematics Genealogy Project, a web-based database for the academic genealogy of mathematicians. Several of his students at UIC are now faculty members in Roosevelt’s Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science.

"Special Functions, Partial Differential Equations and Harmonic Analysis” was organized by professors Luis Cafarelli from the University of Texas, Eduardo Gatto from DePaul, and Andy Carter and Wilfredo Urbina-Romero from Roosevelt.   The conference is free and open to the public. A banquet will be held from 2:30-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Tango Sur, 3763 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Tickets for the banquet are $34, payable at the registration table.  

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