Rising star in mathematics world featured in inaugural lecture series

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 28, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Martino Lupini from CalTech University who is producing “exciting and cutting edge mathematics” will speak at the inaugural H.N. Gupta Memorial Lecture March 2 at the U of R.
Dr. Martino Lupini from CalTech University who is producing “exciting and cutting edge mathematics” will speak at the inaugural H.N. Gupta Memorial Lecture March 2 at the U of R. Photo courtesy of Eusebio Gardella

The beloved and respected Dr. Haraguari Gupta, who passed away in 2016, is being remembered with the launch of a lecture series in his name.  

Gupta was a longtime Professor of Mathematics at the U of R.

The H.N. Gupta Memorial Lecture has been launched by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The inaugural lecture takes place March 2, 2018, and will feature Professor Dr. Martino Lupini from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), located in Pasadena, California. Lupini is considered a rising star in the mathematics world.

Lupini received his doctoral degree from York University in 2015. He’s currently the Harry Bateman Research Instructor (postdoc). Bateman was an esteemed English mathematician whose work influenced and inspired generations of mathematicians. Lupini's current research is funded by the National Science Foundation, an independent U.S. federal agency in the United States.
 
“To respect Dr. Gupta’s research interests in mathematical logic, we felt it was appropriate to invite Dr. Lupini who is currently applying aspects of mathematical logic to other settings in mathematics,” says Dr. Shaun Fallat, Professor, and Head of the Mathematics and Statistics Department. “It is my hope that math students and colleagues will appreciate the unique opportunity to listen and learn from a fascinating and brilliant mathematician who is currently producing exciting and cutting-edge mathematics.”

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Dr. Haraguari Gupta joined the U of R campus in 1966 as a professor of Mathematics and was Professor Emeritus following his retirement in 2003. Photo courtesy of Neena Gupta
Fallat believes Gupta would have approved of the choice of lecturers.
 
“Dr. Gupta was a longtime member of our department and was universally respected for his mathematical achievements and for his devotion to the department,” says Fallat. “He was an outstanding instructor and supporter all manner of mathematical activities in our department. He was also a gentleman.”
 
Gupta joined the U of R campus in 1966 as a professor of mathematics and taught until his retirement in 2003.

He achieved Professor Emeritus status and continued to teach for about another 10 years following his retirement.

As a student he completed his master’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Calcutta, winning that university’s gold medal for his work. He did a second masters in statistics in 1949. He left India to study abroad in West Germany and then at the University of California on a Fulbright Scholarship where he earned his doctorate under the legendary logician, Alfred Tarski.

Gupta died on September 26, 2016, at the age of 91.
 
“Having this opportunity to host a lecture series to honour Dr. Gupta’s legacy is truly special and we expect over time this lecture series will become a flagship lecture series in our department,” says Fallat. “The very generous donations we have received for this lecture series also speak to the lasting impact he’s had on this department, our university, and the students he interacted with over time.”

Event:    Dr. H.N. Gupta Memorial Lecture
Date:      Friday, March 2, 2018
Time:      3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Research and Innovation Centre (RI 208)