The
Thomas Wolff lectures, sponsored by donations from his widow and his
parents, memorialize Caltech’s great analyst who was tragically killed
at age 46 in an automobile accident in July 2000. Wolff was a
specialist in analysis, particularly harmonic analysis. Professor Wolff
made numerous highly original contributions to the mathematical fields
of Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, and complex
analysis. A recurrent theme of his work was the application of finite
combinatorial ideas to infinite, continuous problems. Tom Wolff was
noted for his analytic prowess, the depth of his insights, and the
passion with which he nurtured the talents of young mathematicians. We
miss him.