The Marker Lectures were established in 1984 through a gift from the late Russell Earl Marker, professor emeritus of organic chemistry at Penn State, whose pioneering synthetic methods revolutionized the steroid-hormone industry and opened the door to the current era of hormone therapies, including the birth-control pill. The Marker endowment allows the Penn State Eberly College of Science to present annual Marker Lectures in astronomy and astrophysics, the chemical sciences, evolutionary biology, genetic engineering, the mathematical sciences, and physics.

Year | Speaker | Lecture |
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2017 | Dr. Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor, Institute for Advanced Study. | -Randomness; Operator Scaling- Theory and Applications; Commutative and Non-Communtative Rank of Symbolic Matrices; Structural and Computational Aspects of Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities. |

2016 | Dr. Vladimir Sverak, Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota. |
-Fluid Flows and Partial Differential Equations; On Various Model Equations; On 2d Flows; Geometric Aspects of Fluid Flows and Some Finite Dimensional Model Porblems. |

2015 | Dr. Gang Tian Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University and Peking University | The Geometric Analysis The Complex Geometry Symplectic Geometry |

2013 | Dr. Felix Otto Professor of Mathematics, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences |
The Partial Differential Equations Micromagnetism The Separation processes in various materials Spread of viscous liquids |

2012 | Dr. Enrico Bombieri Professor of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study |
The Classical Theory of L-functions The Rosetta Stone of L-functions L-functions and Diophantine Equations A Problem on Sums of Two Squares |

2011 | Piotr Chrusciel Professor of Gravitational Physics, University of Vienna, Austria |
General Relativity: Mathematics and Experiment Black Holes Cauchy Problems for the Einstein Equations The Cauchy Problem on a Light Cone |

2010 | Franco Brezzi Professor at the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori ( IUSS), Pavia, Italy |
Approximations on General Geometries Numerical Approximations of Plate Problems Mimetic Finite Differences. The last point of view Approximations of Elasticity Problems with Reduced Symmetry |

2009 | Martin R. Bridson Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom |
The language of symmetry and the grammar of space Dimension, rigidity and fixed point theorems Approximately free groups Surfaces, subdirect products and residually free groups |

2008 | Terrence Tao University of California, Los Angeles |
Long arithmetic progressions of primes Linear equations in primes Small gaps between primes Sieving for almost primes, and expander graphs |

2007 | Craig Evans University of California, Berkeley |
Maximum Principles and Generalized Solutions of Nonlinear Partial-Differential Equations Applications to Optimal-Mass-Transport Problems Applications to Weak Kolmogorov-Arnol'd-Moser (KAM) Theory Applications to Sup-Norm Variational Problems |

2006 | James Yorke University of Maryland |
How Infectious is HIV / AIDS? Describing the Exponential Growth of the HIV Epidemic Evolution: Each Individual is an Experiment, a Chronicle of Random Mutations in Our DNA The Challenge to Better Determine the DNA of the Varieties of Species |

2005 | Dennis Sullivan | |

2004 | Sergiu Klainerman | |

2003 | Shmuel Weinberger | |

2002 | Timothy Gowers | |

2001 | Peter Sarnak | |

2000 | Yakov Eliashberg | |

1999 | Andy Majda | |

1998 | Hillel Furstenberg | |

1997 | Benedict Gross | |

1996 | Efim Zelmanov | |

1995 | Dusa McDuff | |

1994 | Clifford Taubes | |

1993 | G. D. Mostow | |

1992 | J. L. Lions | |

1991 | A. Connes | |

1989 | S. Smale | |

1988 | Joe Keller | |

1987 | M. Freedman |