BHAMA SRINIVASAN was born in 1935 in Madras, India. She received her BA and MSc degrees from the University of Madras and went to England for further graduate study. She received her PhD in 1960 under the direction of J. A. Green at the University of Manchester. She taught in England at the University of Keele, held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, and also taught at the Ramanujan Institute of Mathematics, University of Madras. She came to the United States in 1970 and taught at Clark University until 1979, and since then has been a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She became a U.S. citizen in 1977. Srinivasan served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics during
1981-1983. She was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1977 and at the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in 1990, and has held visiting professorships at
the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the University of Essen in the Federal Republic of
Germany, Sydney University in Australia, and the Science University of Tokyo in Japan. In
January 1979, she presented an AMS Invited Address at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in
Biloxi, Mississippi. She served as an editor of the Srinivasan's Noether Lecture focused on a topic in her main research area, the
representation theory of finite groups. Her talk described how various geometric methods
entered group theory and discussed some major results growing out of this approach. The
classification in 1981 of finite simple groups revealed that (except for the alternating
groups and twenty-six sporadic groups) they are all finite groups of Lie type--that is,
groups which are analogs of Lie groups. One problem is classifying the representations of
these groups both over the field of complex numbers and over fields of positive
characteristic. Since these groups can be regarded as groups of rational points of
algebraic groups, techniques from algebraic geometry can be used. Starting with the famous
Deligne-Lusztig paper in 1976, such sophisticated geometric tools as "My own view of mathematics through the years has been that 'truth and beauty are
enough'," she remarks, recalling a Copyright ©2005 Association for Women in Mathematics. All rights reserved. |