How I Learned to do Mathematics

Bruce Reed - McGill University

Feb. 14, 2014, 2 p.m. - Dec. 31, 9999, 11:59 p.m.

MC 103

I was exceedingly fortunate to have Vašek Chvátal as a professor when I was an undergraduate at McGill and as my supervisor as a graduate student. His instruction as to how to carry out mathematical research has stood me in good stead, ever since. I will discuss what I learnt from him and how I applied it throughout my career.

Professor Reed received his degrees in Mathematics and in Computer Science at McGill University. Following postdoctoral fellowships and faculty positions in Europe, Canada and the USA, he joined the faculty of McGill University in 2001. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Graph Theory and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009. Professor Bruce Reed has been awarded the 2013 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize. The Prize recognizes exceptional achievement in the area of mathematical sciences and is considered one of Canada’s top honours in mathematics.