Illinois Number Theory Celebration
March 25-26, 2009

Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This meeting will celebrate the 90th birthday of Paul Bateman and the 70th birthday of Bruce Berndt.

Paul T. Bateman came to the University of Illinois in 1950, served as Head of the Math Department for 15 years, and retired in 1989. Paul has been an active and effective advocate for number theory. He was a longtime officer of the AMS, and enjoyed serving as a Problems Editor of the MAA Monthly. Bruce Berndt came to the University of Illinois in 1967. He began full time research on Ramanujan's notebooks in 1977 and continues to be entranced by them. He has authored or co-authored 10 books on Ramanujan's work.

Following the meeting will be the AMS sectional meeting at Urbana, March 27-29, 2009. There will be several special sessions at the AMS meeting on number theory and related areas.

The conference program will consist of invited lectures by the following people:

Schedule of Talks (tentative)
Wednesday, March 25 Thursday, March 26
9:00 Andrews
10:00 Montgomery 10:00 Askey
11:00 Vaughan 11:00 Evans
2:00 Schmidt 2:00 Chan
3:00 Conrey 3:00 Choi
4:00 Knopp 4:00 Yee

Complete Schedule with titles

Social events


Use the registration form to register and to reserve banquet tickets. The deadline for banquet ticket reservations is March 13.


The Hampton Inn Urbana, located about a 10 minute walk to the Mathematics Department, offers a special group rate of $89 per night for conference participants. To make a reservation, book online at the Hampton Inn website, using NMT as Group/Convention Code. Alternatively, call the hotel directly at 217-337-1100, and identify yourself as a participant of the "number theory" (or "math") meeting. For additional housing options, see the AMS meeting website.

Travel and other Visitor Information

See the University Visitor Information Page for maps, directions, parking information, and campus information. Most local hotels offer courtesy transportation to and from the Champaign airport. In addition, LEX Express (217-352-6682) provides door-to-door shuttle service from the airport to town; they usually have a representative at the airport meeting incoming flights.

The Lincolnland Express can be used for transportation from the Chicago or Indianapolis airports. It takes about three hours (one way) and costs approximately $50. Upon arrival in Champaign-Urbana, the shuttle stops at the Illinois Bus/Train Terminal and at the Illini Union. (Warning! The LEX shuttle can be extremely unreliable.)


Harold Diamond, Kevin Ford, A. J. Hildebrand