July 5, 2012
Professor Jacques Hurtubise teaches Mathematics at McGill University, where he is currently Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. After obtaining his D.Phil in 1982 at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, he spent five years at the Université du Québec à Montréal, followed by a year at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, before moving to McGill University in 1988. From 1996-2003 he served as deputy director, then director, of the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques in Montréal, helping to build it into a large, multi-university research centre.
He has served in a variety of research-related positions, in particular as an Interim Vice-Principal for Research at McGill, as well as on a wide variety of scientific panels for a number of organizations, including, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT) in Québec, for the National Science Foundation and for the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK. He is currently a member of FQRNT’S Conseil Scientifique, and President of the Canadian Mathematical Society.
His field of research is algebraic and differential geometry, specializing in applications in mathematical physics. His work has been recognised by the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Coxeter-James Lecturership in 1993, by an American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship in 1994, and by election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2004.