Instituted by the family, friends and former student, this lecture series honors a highly distinguished mathematician who was instrumental in making IIT Kanpur Mathematics Department a serious place for mathematicians, Analysis in particular, Prof. U.B.Tewari. Every year an eminent mathematician will be invited to give a short course of 4-5 lectures, spread over two weeks, in a forefront research topic from areas of mathematics. This short course is expected to cater to a wide range of researchers and graduate students in terms of exposure for understanding the broad view of the topic and for encouraging cutting-edge research on related challenging problems. The yearly interest generated from the endowment will be utilized towards travel expenses, honorarium, boarding and lodging of the speaker and any other expenditure associated with the lecture series.
Prof. U.B. Tewari was popularly known as UBT. After his bachelor and master's degree from Lucknow University, he joined IIT Kanpur in 1964 as a PhD student and then later moved to University of California Berkeley for a PhD in 1967. At Berkeley, he worked with Prof. Henry Helson, a leading figure in Harmonic Analysis and obtained the degree in the year 1969. After his PhD, he moved to Institute Mittag-Leffler, Dijursholm, Sweden for a year. He chose to work at IITK as a faculty member in the year 1970 and became a full professor. Through his inspiring and rigorous teaching he made many difficult books and concepts easy to understand for generations of mathematicians trained at IITK. he started Harmonic Analysis school at IITK and brought colleagues from other reputed institutes together. He has been recognized for his work and received awards such as Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Meghnad Saha Award for research in Theoretical Sciences and Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.