Professor Mathai Varghese FAA delivered the 2016 Herbert Howe lecture series at the University of Denver in the USA in May. His public lecture was on string theory, which attempts to unify fundamental theories of physics including general relativity, quantum theory and electromagnetism. It was very positively received by undergraduates, graduates and staff. The lecture series is named in honour of Herbert Alonzo Howe, a 19th century professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University of Denver, and Denver's first astronomer.
Professor Varghese is an ARC DORA Fellow and is the Director of the Institute for Geometry and its Applications (IGA). He is also the Elder Professor of Mathematics within the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics within the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University. Professor Varghese was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2000.
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