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Smale to Give Distinguished Lecture

Contact: Dan Adkins

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Stephen Smale

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Smale has made significant contributions in the fields of dynamical systems, geometry, econometrics, operations research, topology and mathematical theory of computer science. His achievements have led to a number of academic awards and the prestigious Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship from 1960 to 1962.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2003) -- Stephen Smale of the Toyota Technological Institute in Chicago will deliver the University of Kentucky College of Engineering Department of Computer Science’s distinguished lecture “On the Mathematics of Intelligence and Data” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in 118 White Hall Classroom Building.

Smale has made significant contributions in the fields of dynamical systems, geometry, econometrics, operations research, topology and mathematical theory of computer science. His achievements have led to a number of academic awards and the prestigious Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship from 1960 to 1962.

In 1966 he received a Fields Medal, an international award presented every four years for outstanding discoveries in mathematics. The award, comparable to a Nobel Prize, is traditionally presented to mathematicians less than 40 years of age.

He also has received the 1965 Veblen Prize for Geometry from the American Mathematical Society, the 1988 Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematical Association of America, the 1989 Von Neumann Award from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the 1996 National Medal of Science. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Smale earned his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in 1957. He has been a professor at Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, and City University of Hong Kong.

The UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics is co-sponsoring the event.


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