HISTORY OF THE CONFERENCES ON BANACH ALGEBRAS
The First Conference: Los Angeles, 1974
first conference took place at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), from 1 to 12 of July
1974; the title was Homomorphisms and derivations from Banach Algebras.
The conference was the idea of Bill Bade of Berkeley and Phil Curtis of UCLA. The number
of participants in this first meeting, at 21, was quite modest and
included: R. Arens
(UCLA), W. G. Bade (Berkeley), A. Browder (Brown), P.C. Curtis, Jr. (UCLA),
H.G. Dales (Leeds), F. K. Dashiell (UCLA), T.W. Gamelin (UCLA), S. Grabiner
(Pomona), D. Larson (Berkeley), K.B. Laursen
(Copenhagen), J. P. McClure (Winnipeg), D. Marshall (UCLA), R.T. Moore
(Washington), A.G. O’Farrell (UCLA), S. Scheinberg
(Irvine), H.J. Schultz (Michigan-Dearborn), T. Slobko
(Occidental College), J.D. Stein (UCLA), M.P. Thomas (Berkeley), J. Tripp
(Claremont), and W. Zelazko (Warsaw).
The Second Conference: Leeds, UK, 1976
Conference was organized by H. G. Dales and entitled Conference on Automatic Continuity; the lectures were given in the
single week 14-18 June, 1976, in Leeds. Garth Dales and
Jean Esterle both outlined their independent
solutions to the problem of Kaplansky on the
existence of discontinuous homomorphisms from C(X).
The Third Conference: Long Beach, California, 1981
main part of the conference took place from 17 to 31 July, 1981; it was
attended by 32 mathematicians. The title
was Radical Banach algebras and automatic
conference was organized by John Bachar, who managed
to find some money. The proceedings of
the conference were produced as a Springer Lecture Notes; some articles in this
volume are still very valuable
The Fourth Conference: Copenhagen, 1985
Conference was organized by Kjeld Laursen
in Copenhagen, Denmark. The title of the conference was Derivations from Banach algebras, and it
took place in the University
of Copenhagen from 15 to
26 July, 1985. There were about 20 participants.
The Fifth Conference: Berkeley, California, 1986
Conference, entitled Workshop on Banach
algebras, was organized by Bill Bade and Phil Curtis in Berkeley
from 21 July to 1 August 1986 immediately before the International Congress of Mathematicians which took place also in Berkeley from 3 to 11
The Sixth Conference: Leeds, 1987
Conference, entitled Automatic continuity
and radical Banach algebras took place in Leeds
from June 23 to July 3, 1987. It was organized by H. G. Dales as a part of a
special semester on Banach algebras. The high point of the
conference was Marc Thomas's presentation of his solution of the Singer-Wermer problem for commutative Banach algebras.
The Seventh Conference:
conference was called Workshop on Banach
algebras; it took place in Berkeley
from 6 to 22 July, 1988. Again the
Bade-Curtis NSF grant covered most of the living expenses.
The Eighth Conference: Canberra, 1989
conference was organized by Rick Loy and entitled Automatic continuity and radical Banach algebras; it took place at Australian National
University in Canberra from 2 to 21 January 1989. This conference was
noteworthy because it was the first which a colleague from Russia could
attend - this was Alexander Helemskii, who gave a
series of lectures on the cohomology of Banach algebras.
The proceedings of the conference were published under the auspices of the
Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Canberra.
The Ninth Conference: Berkeley, California, 1990
third and final workshop that Bill Bade and Phil Curtis organized took place in
23 July to 3 August, 1990. Now the title
varied a little: it became Third Berkeley Banach algebra
workshop. About 22 people from outside Berkeley attended the
The Tenth Conference: Cambridge, 1991
conference was organized by Graham Allan, with the assistance of Tom Ransford, at the University of
Cambridge, England; it took place from 1 to 12 July, 1991 under the title Cambridge Banach algebras symposium. There are now signs of increased attendance: about 40
people from outside Cambridge
came to the meeting.
Conference was organized by Fereidoun Ghahramani and J. Peter McClure of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Their chosen title was Banach algebras and amenability, and the conference took place from
3 to 13 August, 1993. Again about 40 mathematicians
came to the conference from outside the host university.
The Twelfth Conference:
Newcastle, England, 1995
Conference was organized by Barry Johnson and Michael White at the University of Newcastle,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in north-east England. The title of the conference was Banach algebras ’95, and it took place
from 17 to 28 July 1995. It was at this conference
that the numbers attending again took a large upwards bound: there were about
called Banach algebras 1997 and took
place in the Heinrich Fabri Institute, Blaubeuren, Germany, from 20 July to 3 August.
The organizers were Ernst Albrecht and Martin Mathieu. Attendance
had to be limited by the numbers of room available; it was about 70
This meeting was organized by Sandy Grabiner
and Marc Thomas, and it took place from July 26 till August 6, 1999; there were
78 participants. A high point
was the presentation by Charles Read of his example of commutative, radical,
amenable Banach algebra.
Our conferences returned to Denmark in 2001. The official title of this conference was 15th International Conference on Banach
algebras, BALTICON 2001 – Banach algebra theory in context, and the
organizers were Niels Gronbaek,
Kjeld Laursen, Niels Laustsen, and Thomas Vils Petersen. There were approximately 80 participants.
Conference took place in Edmonton,
July 27 and August 9, 2003 under the title: Banach
algebras and their applications. The conference
was organized by Anthony To-Ming Lau and Volker Runde.
Attendance reached a new record, with 136 participants. The proceedings, edited
by A. Lau and V. Runde, were published by the AMS as
"Banach Algebras and Their Applications" as Volume 363 of their
Contemporary Mathematics series. More information is available at the
conference web page at: http://www.math.ualberta.ca/~ba03/
Conference took place in Bordeaux,
July 3 and July 13, 2005 and was organized by Jean Esterle.
The title was: Banach algebras and their
applications. The number of participants was 151.
More information is available at the conference web page at:
Conference took place at the Laval University in Quebec City, Canada
between July 4 and July 12, 2007. The title was: Banach algebras 2007. The conference was
organized by Frederic Gourdeau and Thomas Ransford. More
information is available at the conference web page at: http://newton.mat.ulaval.ca/ba07/index.php