Professor Rainich is a noted scholar, and is recognized as the foremost authority in this country on the Theory of Relativity and allied subjects. Professor Rainich is a Russian by birth and an interesting story is told of an experience he had while lecturing at Columbia University. Speaking on Relativity before the faculty he quoted a number of the foremost authorities known upon the subject. One of the members of the Columbia faculty spoke up saying, "That is all very well but why don't you quote what Rabinovich has said upon this subject? "Professor Rainich was somewhat embarrassed as he replied, "Well, you see, I am Rabinovich."
The Rainich Lectures were established in 1981 by an endowment from Professor Raymond L. Wilder and his wife, Una, honoring Professor George “Yuri” Rainich, who served on our faculty for 30 years until retiring in 1956.
Distinguished mathematicians who have given these lectures are listed below.
|October 26-28, 2021||Akshay Venkatesh, Institutue of Advanced Studies|
|March 20-22, 2018||Richard Taylor, Institute of Advanced Study
|2010||Terence Tao Lecture (pdf)|
|1988||Richard M. Schoen|