This year’s Brodetsky lecture will be delivered by Jean-Pierre Kahane, who will be speaking on “Raphael Salem: His Life, His Work, and His Influence on Mathematics”. The lecture will be delivered at 5.30pm on Thursday 13 May in Lecture Theatre 16 in the Roger Stevens Building at the University of Leeds. It will be followed by a reception in the School of Mathematics.

This series of annual lectures was established in memory of Selig Brodetsky (1888-1954), who occupied the Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds from 1924 to 1948. Following Brodetsky’s death in 1954 a number of his friends and admirers founded the series of memorial lectures that bear his name. Each year a lecture is delivered that addresses some aspect of either Jewish studies or mathematics.

This year’s Brodetsky Lecturer is the eminent French mathematician, Jean-Pierre Kahane, who is Professor Emeritus at the Université Paris-Sud (Orsay). Professor Kahane is a member of the Académie des Sciences and, during François Mitterand’s Presidency, he served as an official ambassador for French science. As well as pursuing research into mathematics he has contributed significantly to mathematical education.

The subject of Professor Kahane’s lecture, Raphael Salem, was born in Thessalonica in 1898 and studied mathematics in Paris. In the early 1940s he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After the War he returned to France, becoming professor at the Sorbonne. As well as pursuing highly innovative research on Fourier series, Salem was an accomplished musician with a keen interest in art and literature. He died in 1963.

Further information can be obtained from Geoffrey Cantor [email protected]