Harald Bohr Lectures

The department is proud to announce the inauguration of the Harald Bohr lecture series in mathematics, named after the distinguished Danish mathematician Harald Bohr (1887-1951), to honor his legacy as an eminent and passionate communicator of mathematics.

The Harald Bohr lecturers are outstanding mathematicians from both pure and applied mathematics.

The lectures are held 2-3 times per year, usually on Wednesday afternoons at 15:15. The Harald Bohr lecture series is organized by Magdalena Musat.

Upcoming Harald Bohr Lectures:


22 April, 2024

László Lovász, Professor Emeritus of the Eötvös Loránd University and

Research Professor of the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics.

Abel Prize (2021) and Wolf Prize (1999)

Harald Bohr and Danish Mathematical Society Abel Prize Lecture.

Title: Discrete or continuous?

Jean Francois le Gall

3 June, 2024

Jean Francois Le Gall, Professor at l'Université Paris-Saclay

Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2019

Title: TBA

Past Harald Bohr Lectures:

Yakov Sinai

3 June 2019 
Yakov G. Sinai, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University
Harald Bohr and Danish Mathematical Society Abel Prize Lecture.
Title: Complex-Valued Solutions of the 3-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations 
See photos from the Sinai lecture

Avi Wigderson

15 May 2019 
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Title: Randomness

Andrew Wiles

14 March 2018 
Sir Andrew Wiles, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford.
Harald Bohr and Danish Mathematical Society Abel Prize Lecture.
Title: Rational points on elliptic curves.

Stanislav Smirnov

28 November 2017
Professor Stanislav Smirnov, Université de Genève and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.
Title: Complex analysis and 2D statistical physics

10 October 2017
Professor Dr. Paul Embrechts, ETH Zurich
Title: The mathematics of risk 
Slides from the lecture | Photos from the Embrechts lecture

13 June 2017 
Peter Sarnak, Professor at Princeton University & the Institute for Advanced Study
Title: Navigating U(2) with Golden Gates 
Slides from the lecture | Photos from the Sarnak lecture

1 November 2016
Stephen M. Stigler (Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor) University of Chicago
Title: The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom
See photos from the Stigler lecture

19 April 2016
Alain Connes, Professor at the Collège de France, IHES, and Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University.
Title: Geometry and the Quantum

29 October 2015
Gerd Faltings (Professor Dr, Managing Director), Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn
Title: Diophantine equations

Efim Zelmanov

14 April 2015
Efim Zelmanov (Rita L. Atkinson Chair in Mathematics), UC San Diego.
Title: Some open questions on asymptotics of groups and algebras
SLIDES from the talk.

Persi Diaconis

24 March 2015
Persi Diaconis (Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics), Stanford University
Title: Adding Numbers and Shuffling Cards

28 October 2014 
Étienne Ghys (Directeur de recherche CNRS), ENS Lyon
Title: The topology of a curve in the neighbourhood of a singular point