Marker Lecturers

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
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
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