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)

Sampson, Andrews, Wong and Johnson

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 Wisconsin-Madison 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 "Code-breaking 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, 1925-1990"
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)"

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