Sampson Lecture
"Given by colleagues, students and friends of Professor Richard W. Sampson
to establish an annual lecture in mathematics. The gift is
given upon his retirement to honor Professor Sampson's
thirty eight years of teaching at Bates and his long involvement
and commitment to the Outing Club." (1990)

Thanks to the Sampson Lecture funds, we have been able
to enjoy many great presentations by well known mathematical people for a number of years now. The photo to the left
was taken at the 2001 Sampson lecture. Pictured are
Dick Sampson, George Andrews, Peter Wong and Warren Johnson. Click on the picture to get a larger version.
Richard Sampson passed away on April 1, 2004. Here is
Bates' news story about Dick and his contributions to the College.

Lecturer

Date

Title

Ruth Charney, Brandeis University

Mar 14, 2008

"From Robotics to Geometry: Building Models with Cubes"

Jennifer Quinn, The Association for Women in Mathematics

Nov 10, 2006

"Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers"

Lisette de Pillis, Harvey Mudd College

Oct 13, 2005

"Cancer Growth and Treatment Modeling"

Jeff Weeks, Freelance Mathematician

Oct 28, 2004

"The Shape of Space"

De Witt Sumners, Florida State University

Oct 8, 2003

"Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Biology and Medicine"

Georgia Benkart, University of WisconsinMadison

Oct 23, 2002

"Women Mathematicians I Haven't Known"

George Andrews, Penn State University

Oct 8, 2001

"Ramanujan, Fibonacci Numbers, and Continued Fractions ~or~ Why I Took Zeckendorf's Theorem Along On My Last Trip To Canada"

Peter Hilton, SUNY Binghamton

Sept 20, 2000

"Codebreaking in World War II"

Constance Reid, Mathematical Writer

Oct 14, 1999

"Captured by Mathematics"

Joan S. Berman, Columbia University

Mar 16, 1999

"Knots in Mathematics"

Carolyn S. Gordon, Dartmouth College

Feb 26, 1998

"You Can't Hear the Shape of a Drum"

Henri Darmon, McGill University

Jan 29, 1997

"Fermat's Last Theorem"

Howard Eves, University of Maine

Apr 25, 1996

"The Book and the Beacon"

Kenneth P. Bogart, Dartmouth College

May 15, 1995

"What do Mathematicians count and how do they do it?"

Johnny L. Houston, Elizabeth City State University,
North Carolina

Mar 24, 1994 
"Underrepresented American Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences, 19251990"

Marilyn Durkin, '71, Bentley College

Mar 22, 1993

"The Mathematics of Chaos"

John McCleary, Vassar College

Feb 10, 1992

"The History of Mathematics (Who Cares?)"

Kenneth C. Millett, University
of California, Santa Barbara

Feb 11, 1991

"All Tied Up in Knots (Knotting Theory in the Natural Sciences: Untangling
some of the Knotty Mysteries of DNA)"

