NatSci's George Pappas invited to speak at International Congress of Mathematicians

Published August 9, 2017

George Pappas, MSU College of Natural Science mathematics professor, has been invited to speak at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro in August.

For the first time in 20 years, a Michigan State University mathematician will lecture at the most prestigious mathematics conference in the world. George Pappas, professor in the MSU Department of Mathematics, was invited to speak at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro.

Established in 1897, the ICM has met every four years, except during WWII, in different countries around the world to honor distinguished mathematicians and discuss current topics of interest. Being invited to lecture at the ICM is considered equivalent to an induction into a hall of fame.

“This is a great honor that brings distinction to George and to our department,” said Keith Promislow, chair of the MSU Department Mathematics in the College of Natural Science. “George is the fourth member of our department to speak at an ICM, and the first in 20 years, joining Sasha Volberg (1990), Sheldon Newhouse (1990) and Ron Fintushel (1998)."

Pappas’ research in arithmetic algebraic geometry focuses on Shimura varieties and their reductions modulo primes, Galois module structure, and Riemann-Roch theorems, to name a few. His exceptional work has brought the Department of Mathematics into the national spotlight. He will address joint sessions of the ICM on number theory and algebraic and complex geometry.

“I am very honored to be invited to speak at the ICM,” Pappas said. “I am lucky to have been helped by brilliant collaborators whose efforts made the progress recognized by this invitation possible. I would like to think that this invitation reflects on the strides that mathematics research is making at MSU.”

Pappas, who joined the MSU Department of Mathematics in 1998, earned his B.Sc. from the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University in New York. He has received continuous funding support for his research from the National Science Foundation since 1993. Pappas's previous honors include a Sloan Research Fellowship in 1998 and an Outstanding Faculty Award from the MSU College of Natural Science in 2015.

Pappas will give his lecture at the ICM in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1-9, 2018.

To read more about George's exceptional career at MSU, see page 4 of the 2016 Department of Mathematics newsletter.