*Wei-Liang Chow* (October 1, 1911, Shanghai – August 10, 1995, Baltimore) was a celebrated mathematician best known for his work in algebraic geometry, though he also made important contributions to other areas such as differential geometry, differential equations, and control theory. Within algebraic geometry he is known among other things for his work on intersection theory (Chow’s moving lemma, Chow ring), for Chow’s theorem on algebraicity of projective analytic varieties, and for many other achievements.

Chow was born in Shanghai, had his school education in the United States, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1931. He obtained his PhD in **Leipzig**in 1936, where he worked with van der Waerden (who was a professor at the University of Leipzig), introducing in particular Chow coordinates. Subsequently, Chow was a professor in Nanjing, Princeton and at Johns Hopkins University were he worked until 1977.

The idea behind the Chow lectures is to give students the opportunity to enjoy lectures by internationally renowned experts on active fields of modern mathematics and to create a stimulating research environment.

The first series of Chow lectures will take place – almost coinciding with Chow’s 80th Phd anniversary -on

## May 22-24, 2017

Inaugural speaker for the Chow lectures 2017 is