Slides of the talks are available to download here.

Samuel Eilenberg Centenary Conference group photo

Samuel Eilenberg, one of mathematicians who shaped 20th century mathematics and made important contributions to theoretical computer science, was born in Warsaw on September 30, 1913.

The Centenary Conference will be held in the city of his birth July 22-26, 2013. The intention is to cover all the areas of Eilenberg's great contributions: topology, category theory and computability. The categorical viewpoint developed by Eilenberg and his collaborators lies behind many recent developments, thus the conference will be of relevance to a large body of current research in mathematics. The program of the Conference will consist of plenary lectures and contributed talks covering the wide scope of Eilenberg's mathematical legacy. Some historical materials will be presented to illustrate social context of his life.

University of Warsaw

The conference venue will be the old campus of the University of Warsaw, Alma Mater of Samuel Eilenberg. Already as a student Eilenberg was one of the most active members of the Warsaw topology group - he left Warsaw in April 1939, thus escaping the Holocaust. After several short employments at institutions in the USA, in 1947 Eilenberg settled at Columbia University, where he stayed until retirement in 1982. He was a member of the Polish Mathematical Society , American Mathematical Society and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Samuel Eilenberg was an extraordinary personality; he was also a famous collector and expert in Southeast Asian art. He donated his impressive collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Conference is organized in collaboration of the Polish Mathematical Society, University of Warsaw, Columbia University, the American Mathematical Society and the Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. There will be a special volume of Fundamenta Mathematicae, the journal in which Eilenberg published many papers, including his first (in 1934) and last (in 1988) topological papers.