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Proportions d’orateurs français dans les Congrès Internationaux des Mathématiciens (ICM)

About the candidacy of France (Paris) to ICM 2022  [A propos de la candidature de la France (Paris) à l’ICM 2022       Gazette des mathématiciens 158 (2018)]

Xavier Fernique (1934-2020)  [Xavier Fernique (1934-2020) Gazette des mathématiciens 167 (2021)]

The Herbst argument (the unpublished 1975 letter of I. Herbst to L. Gross - courtesy of Professor L. Gross)

γ_2 and Γ_2
in honour of D. Bakry and M. Talagrand (2015)

Sète (France) 2015


Mathematicians of the day

Mac Tutor History of Mathematics

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How to give a good colloquium by J. E. McCarthy

“Most mathematicians are boring. Most of them have no real intellectual interests, they just have a knack for doing mathematics well enough to make a living, teaching the same course over and over, and every now and then coming up with some theorem. It is the same way with artists. You tend to think of them romantically, but most of them are very mundane.”  R. Hersh


Professional Career

  • Thèse d’Etat 1985 (under the supervision of X. Fernique), University of Strasbourg, France
  • Junior Researcher at CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Strasbourg 1982-90 and University of Paris VI 1990-91
  • Full Professor University of Toulouse – Paul-Sabatier 1991 – 2021. Emeritus 2021
  • On leave at CNRS 2004-05
  • Junior member 1997-2002 and Senior member 2010-20 of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)

Long term scientific visits

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, April-July 1984 (junior scientific visitor)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, April-July 1986 (visiting professor)
  • Texas A&M University, September-December 1986 (visiting assistant professor)
  • The Ohio State University, September-December 1988 (visiting associate professor)
  • Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule Zurich, November 1998 (scientific visitor)
  • Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, October 2007-January 2008 (Co-Organizer of the semester program Complex Stochastic Systems: Discrete vs. Continuous)
  • Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing Berkeley, September 2013 (Co-Organizer of the thematic semester in Real Analysis in Computer Science)
  • Institute for Mathematics and its Applications IMA Minneapolis, April-May 2015 (Co-Organizer of the thematic year in Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications)


Selected invitations

  • Plenary speaker, Congrès d’Analyse Fonctionnelle, Mons 1992
  • Speaker at the Bourbaki Seminar 1993, 2008
  • Invited speaker, World Congress in Probability and Statistics, Bernoulli Society and Institute of Mathematical Statistics IMS (Chapel Hill 1994, Guanajuato 2000, Barcelona 2004)
  • Speaker at the Ecole d’Eté de Probabilités de Saint-Flour 1994
  • Plenary speaker (Medallion Lecture of the Institute of Mathematics Statistics IMS), Conference “Stochastic Processes and their Applications”, Paris 2006
  • Speaker at the Cornell Summer School in Probability 2007
  • Plenary speaker, First joint meeting of the French and Spanish Mathematical Societies, Zaragoza 2007
  • Invited speaker, European Congress of Mathematics, Amsterdam ECM 2008
  • Sackler’s lecturer, Conference “The state of Geometry and Functional Analysis” (in honor of Professor Vitali Milman’s 70th birthday), Israel 2009
  • Plenary speaker, “9th German Open Conference on Probability and Statistics”, Leipzig 2010
  • Le Cam Lecture “Journées de la Société Française de Statistique”, Bruxelles 2012
  • Invited speaker, International Congress of Mathematicians, Seoul ICM 2014
  • Kai Lai Chung Lecture, “Seminar on Stochastic Processes”, University of Delaware 2015
  • Schramm Lecture, Conference “Stochastic Processes and their Applications”, Oxford 2015
  • Birnbaum Lecture, Pacific Northwest Probability Seminar, Seattle 2017


 Conferences and Thematic Programs

Editorial Boards

Administrative and Scientific Duties

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Centre Emile Borel of the Institut Henri Poincaré 1994–2000
  • Member of the Panel Committee “Probability and Statistics” of the ICM2006 and of the Panel Committee “Probability” of the ICM2022
  • Member of the Panel of the European Research Council Advanced Grant PE1: Mathematical Foundations 2009-11-13.
  • Member of the Fermat Prize Committee 2001-03-05-07-19. Coordinator of the Fermat Prize 2003-05-07



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