2022 Lecture: Parimala Raman

Parimala Raman

Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. Parimala Raman received her M.Sc. from Madras University and her Ph.D. from Bombay University. For many years, she was a professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. She has held visiting positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, the University of Lausanne, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Ohio State Univerisity, and the University of Paris at Orsay.

She is a fellow of all three Indian academies of science. She was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zürich in 1994 and a plenary speaker at the 2010 ICM in Hyderabad. Her research has been recognized with the Bhatnagar Prize in 1987, an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne in 1999, and the Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Centenary Award in 2003.

Parimala Raman works in algebra. Her research uses tools from number theory, algebraic geometry, and topology. Early in her career, she published the first example of a nontrivial quadratic space over an affine plane. In a series of publications, Parimala has worked on long-standing conjectures such as the second Serre’s conjecture and the conjecture concerning the u-invariant of the function field of any curve over a p-adic field. Parimala was on the Abel prize selection Committee 2021/2022.

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