Frances Kirwan, Professor, Mathematics, University of Oxford

Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Francies Kirwan
Professor, Mathematics
University of Oxford

Frances Clare Kirwan was educated at Oxford High School and studied at
Clare College, Cambridge. She completed a D.Phil at Oxford in 1984,
supervised by Sir Michael Atiyah. From 1983 to 1985 she held a Junior
Fellowship at Harvard, and from 1983 to 1986 a Fellowship at Magdalen
College, Oxford before later becoming a Fellow of Balliol College,
Oxford. In 1989, the London Mathematical Society awarded her the
Whitehead Prize. In 1996 she was appointed a University Professor of
Mathematics. She was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in
2001. From 2004 to 2006 she was President of the London Mathematical
Society, the second-youngest president in the society's history.

Professor Kirwan's work endeavors to understand the structure of
geometric objects by investigation of their algebraic and topological
properties. In her 2005 LMS presidential address, she cited the
"unexpected links [and] surprises" in mathematics, a key theme in her
research, as a key motivating factor in her interests. In 2005, she
received a five-year EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship, to support her
research on moduli spaces of complex algebraic curves. She has
participated in many programs related to women in mathematics:
subsequent to her visit to UW, she will present a series of lectures on
her research at the Institute for Advanced Study for the Women and
Mathematics program there.