New College Society London Lecture - Tuesday 9 May 2023
The New College Society warmly invites New College Old Members, and a guest, to a London Lecture to be given this year by Professor Frances Kirwan, DBE FRS, Savilian Professor of Geometry. It will be held at the London School of Economics in their Alumni Theatre, a tiered lecture theatre, on the lower ground floor of the New Academic Building on Sardinia Street (map), Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ, on Tuesday, 9 May 2023. There will be a drinks and canapés reception at 6:00pm, followed by a talk at 7.00pm.
The lecture is entitled: 'Four centuries of geometry in Oxford and New College'.
The cost of the evening is £25.00 per head, and the dress code is smart casual. If you would like to attend, please complete the online booking form (see link), or contact the Development Office on 01865 279500 where we can take a debit/credit card payment over the telephone. RSVP by Tuesday, 2 May 2023.
We very much hope you are able to come. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis, and once capacity is reached (which may be before the RSVP deadline), we will run a waiting list and be in touch after the deadline to confirm attendance.
Frances Kirwan is New College Professorial Fellow and Savilian Professor of Geometry Mathematics. She was an undergraduate in mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge. After Part III Mathematics in Cambridge she moved to Oxford for her DPhil supervised by Michael Atiyah. She was a Junior Fellow at Harvard (1983-85) before returning to Oxford, first as a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College and then as a Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics at Balliol (1986-2017) before being appointed to the Savilian Professorship. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, serving on its Council 2012-15, and she chaired the UK Mathematics Trust 2010-16.
Her teaching is in the Mathematics Department, where she has given a range of lecture courses, from first year pure mathematics, through more specialised third and fourth year undergraduate courses on geometry and algebra, to graduate courses focussed on areas close to her research.
Frances Kirwan’s research lies in the area of algebraic geometry (mostly over the field of complex numbers) and its links with other parts of geometry, especially symplectic (and hyperkähler) geometry. She is particularly interested in classification problems in algebraic geometry and the construction and study of moduli spaces.