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

Lecture | December 9 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Dr. Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University

 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

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.