Professor Rainich is a noted scholar, and is recognized as the foremost authority in this country on the Theory of Relativity and allied subjects. Professor Rainich is a Russian by birth and an interesting story is told of an experience he had while lecturing at Columbia University. Speaking on Relativity before the faculty he quoted a number of the foremost authorities known upon the subject. One of the members of the Columbia faculty spoke up saying, "That is all very well but why don't you quote what Rabinovich has said upon this subject? "Professor Rainich was somewhat embarrassed as he replied, "Well, you see, I am Rabinovich."
The Rainich Lectures were established in 1981 by an endowment from Professor Raymond L. Wilder and his wife, Una, honoring Professor George “Yuri” Rainich, who served on our faculty for 30 years until retiring in 1956.
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Distinguished mathematicians who have given these lectures are listed below.
Date  Speaker/Organization  Lecture Title 
April 1113, 2023

Rahul Pandharipande, ETH Zürich 
Moduli Space of Curves Moduli Space of Abelian Varieties Moduli Space of K3 Surfaces 
October 2628, 2021  Akshay Venkatesh, Institutue for Advanced Study  3987^{12} + 4365^{12} = 4472^{12} (almost) Symplectic LFunctions and Their Topological Analogues Relative Langlands Duality 
March 2022, 2018  Richard Taylor, Institute of Advanced Study 
Galois theory and locally symmetric spaces Modularity lifting theorems in the setting of locally symmetric spaces 
March 16 & 18, 2010  Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles 
The Proof of the Poincaré Conjecture Discrete Random Matrices 
January 1517, 2008  Gang Tian, Princeton University  
October 31  November 2, 2006  Philip Holmes, Princeton University  
2003  Nancy Kopell, Boston University  
2002  Robert McPherson, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton  
2001  Martin Nowak, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton  
1998  Graeme Segal, St. John's College  
1996  JeanPierre Serre, Collège de France  
1994  Kenneth Ribet, University of California, Berkeley  
1990  Persi Diaconis, Harvard University  
1988  Richard M. Schoen, Stanford University  
1986  Avner Freedman, Purdue University  
1982  Lipman Bers, Columbia University 