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Francis Clarke
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Euler : la vie, l’univers et l’optimisation
by Francis Clarke
clarke Thursday May 3, 2007 at
7:30 p.m.

Cœur des sciences
Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau de l’UQAM
Pavillon Sherbrooke, a mphithéâtre SH-2800
200, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Métro Place-des-Arts

Read about The Leonhard Euler Tercentenary Event

Leonhard Euler was an unquestionable star in mathematics in the 18th century. His many contributions extend across the number theory, differential equations, geometry, optic and astronomy. Euler is notably at the core of one of the most audacious ideas in science: the principle of least action that allows us to define the world in terms of optimization. While we are celebrating his 300th birthday, what are the actual repercussions of his work?


Francis Clarke was born in Montreal. He graduated from McGill University and obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in 1973. He starts his teaching career at the University of British Columbia but returns to Montréal from 1984 to 1993, as director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM). During his mandate, he hoists the CRM to the national level receiving financial support from NSERC. A visionary, he is the one that launches the Institut des sciences mathématiques by convincing Montreal universities to collaborate in high level training in mathematics and recruitment of better student at an international level.

Mr. Clarke is now professor at the Université de Lyon and holds a Chair in mathematical theory of control at the Institut universitaire de France. He has received numerous honors: among them he was an invited speaker at the International congress of mathematicians (1978), has received a Killam fellowship in '78-'80, the Coxeter-James Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society (1980), was elected at the Royal Society of Canada (1984), received the Urgel Archambault prize from the ACFAS (1990) and since 2002, is Chevalier de l'Ordre des palmes académiques.

Grandes Conférences du CRM

The CRM's "Grandes conférences" series invites scientists with a gift for communicating the most exciting recent developments in mathematics to a curious general public. From cryptography and quantum computing to chaos in meteorological or financial systems, and brain imaging or revolutions in biotechnology, all of the conferences reveal the power and beauty of cutting-edge mathematical research in a language accessible to all.