Nathaniel Whitaker Delivers American Mathematical Society’s 2023 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics
Nathaniel Whitaker, professor of mathematics and interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences, delivered the American Mathematical Society’s 2023 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics April 15 at the AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting held at the University of Cincinnati.
In his speech, “From Segregation to Research Mathematician,” Whitaker invoked the words of Maya Angelou and discussed both his research and his path through the academic world, which began in the segregated South. “I want to emphasize that part of my journey, I had a lot of help along the way,” he said.
Established in 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s annus mirabilis, when he published four fundamental papers that changed the course of 20th century physics, the lectures were endowed in 2008 and are given annually at one of the AMS’s eight sectional meetings.
A complete report on Whitaker’s presentation, as relayed by AMS staff at the conference, can be found on the CNS website.