Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Director of Research at CNRS and Director of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) of Paris, was honored on april 5th at UBC after he gave a lecture on the work of Misha Gromov, a prominent Franco-Russian mathematician.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition "The Unravelers” installed at the University of British Columbia Vancouver (UBC) from 4 to 18 April in the premises of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, Director of Research at CNRS and Director of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES) of Paris was invited to give a lecture on the work of Misha Gromov, a prominent Franco-Russian mathematician, and famous for his discoveries in geometry. For many years, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has been working to increase the co-operation between France and Canada in the field of mathematics, including developments in teaching this discipline.
He was honored by three Canadians directors of mathematical institutes, especially present for the occasion: François Lalonde, Director of the Centre de Recherches en Mathématiques from the University of Montreal, Edward Bierstone, Director of the Fields Institute Toronto, and Alejandro Adem, Director of the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) at UBC, who was at the initiative of this celebration.
The former director and creator of PIMS, Professor Nassif Ghoussoub, Director of the Banff International Research Station, member of the Board of Governors of UBC and scientific partner of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon for a long time, was also present and representing the University authorities. In his speech, he recalled the excellence of the French research in mathematics, and mentioned more specifically the outstanding partnership launched by the creation of PIMS, a Joint International Unit (UMI) between CNRS, UBC. Nassif Ghoussoub paid tribute to the action of Dr. Bourguignon, and warmly thanked him for his work during many years in promoting mathematics.