International Association of Mathematical Physics

News Bulletin December 2008

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Contents:

  1. The new Executive Committee

  2. New members

  3. Obituary: Kyoshi Ito



  1. The new Executive Committee. As it was already announced the new Executive Committee was elected by an electronic ballott; the results are posted at the IAMP webpage under "Membership list". Following the Statutes and By-Laws the EC members elected new officers among themselves. The composition of the Executive Committee for the next three-year term starting on January 1, 2009, is the following:

  2. New members: The following colleagues recently joined the Association

     Jacob Daniel Biamonte
     University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
     Chandrasekhar Mukku
     International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India
     Maria J. Esteban
     CNRS and Universit´┐Ż Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France
     Rupender
     Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India
     Alexander Sobolev
     University College London, UK
     Joachim Stubbe
     EPF Lausanne, Switzerland
     Xu Runzhang
     Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China

    We welcome them heartily!
  3. Obituary: Kiyoshi Ito (1915-2008)

    One of the great figures of probability theory in the twentieth century, Kiyoshi Ito died on November 10, 2008, at the age of 93. He graduated from the Imperial University Tokyo at the age of 23, after that he started to work for the national statistical office. During that time he published two of his seminal works on probability and stochastic processes. In 1945 he got a PhD, seven years later he became a professor at the University of Kyoto, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. He held also professorships at Aarhus and Cornell.
    Ito's most famous mathematical contribution is his invention of stochastic integrals, which were initially motivated by the theory of stochastic differential equations. Ito's stochastic calculus has had an enormous impact in theoretical probability, as well as a huge number of applications in domains such as mathematical finance. For this work he was awarded the first Gauss Prize of International Mathematical Union at the 2006 ICM in Madrid.