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Public Lecture - Julia Robinson: Personal Reflections, Her Work and Time

Symposium in Honor of Julia Robinson’s 100th Birthday December 09, 2019 - December 09, 2019

December 09, 2019 (05:00 PM PST - 06:00 PM PST)
Speaker(s): Lenore Blum (University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon University)
Location: Bechtel Engineering Center: Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley
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I knew Julia Robinson from 1968, when I arrived as a postdoc at Berkeley to work with her, until her death in 1985.  As a grad student at MIT, her beautifully written paper, “The decision problem for fields,” was a constant reference while I was developing a model theory and axioms for differentially closed fields (ch 0). When I arrived in Berkeley, I was shocked that this famous mathematician who signed her papers with the address, Berkeley, California, had never had a regular position at the university. Perhaps because of the times, I got to see Julia in ways that others had not. I will reflect on her work and this perspective.

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