THE WEISFEILER LECTURE IN MATHEMATICS
Boris Weisfeiler graduated from Moscow State University and received his
Ph.D. from the Leningrad branch of the Steklov Institute in 1970. He
immigrated to the United States in 1975. After spending a year at the
Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., Dr. Weisfeiler joined
the faculty of the Mathematics Department of the Pennsylvania State University. He
was a Professor of Mathematics there until his disappearance in January
of 1985 while hiking in the Chilean Andes. The exact circumstances of
his disappearance, though connected to the Chilean military dictatorship
of 1973-1990, have not yet been clarified. The department subsequently
established an annual lecture in Professor Weisfeiler's honor. Boris
Weisfeiler is widely known for the Weisfeiler-Leman Algorithm, the
Kac-Weisfeiler conjectures, the Weisfeiler filtration, and his work on
strong approximation and on finite linear groups. The speakers have
been A. Borel, J. Tits, D. Quillen, B. Mazur, G. Mackey, W.
Feit, D. Kazhdan, V. Guillemin, J. Millson, E. Vinberg, and V. Kac.