I’ve reconstructed the history of the Mordell Lectureship, but ~~there are some gaps, which perhaps others can fill. The gap in 1970 might mean that appointment of a lecturer was deferred, but the gap from 1991 to 1997 (if the rules were followed) must have had some lecturers in it. And~~ I’m missing most titles before 1998, when the *University Reporter* went online.

*Update: A source has supplied the missing names of speakers.
Update (2016): Speakers since 2011 now added.
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1970 J. W. S. Cassels

1971 C. A. Rogers

1972 Oscar Zariski

1973 Paul Halmos

1974 Michael Atiyah

1975 Fritz Hirzebruch

1976 Kai Lai Chung,Theta functions from Brownian excursions

1977 Gustave Choquet

1978 Jacques Tits,Rigidity

1979 Paul Erdös

1980 Donald J. Lewis

1981 Gilbert Baumslag

1982 Jean Pierre Kahane

1983 S. J. Taylor

1984 André Haefliger

1985 John Coates

1986 Donald Burkholder

1987 Vaughan Jones

1988 Alan Baker

1989 J. A. Green

1990 Alexander Schrijver

1991 Simon Donaldson

1992 Gisbert Wustholz

1993 Nicholas Varopoulos

1994 Jean-Yves Girard

1995 László Lovász

1996 Andrew Wiles

1997 Cliff Taubes

1998 Johan de Jong,Curves over finite fields and Galois representations

1999 Don Zagier,Mock modular forms, Maass modular forms, and true modular forms

2000 Cameron Gordon,The classification of knots

2001 David Aldous,Mathematical probability: some topics we do understand and some we don’t

2002 Yakov Eliashberg,Symplectic field theory: its structure and applications

2003 Mike Hopkins,Algebraic topology and modular forms

2004 Noga Alon,Polynomials in discrete mathematics

2005 Peter Sarnak,The Ramanujan conjecture and its generalizations

2006 Vitaly Bergelson,Ergodic theorems along polynomials: from combinatorial applications to challenges for physicists

2007 Demetrios Christodoulou,Acoustical spacetime geometry and shock formation

2008 Tobias Colding,Geometric PDE

2009 Anatole Katok,KAM and rigidity

2010 Lectureship deferred

2011 Alex Lubotzky,Short presentations of finite groups

2012 Paul Seidel,Categorical dynamics

2014 Alex Eskin,The SL(2,R) action on moduli space

2015 Daniel Spielman,The solution of the Kadison-Singer problem

2016 Dana Scott,Why mathematical proof?

The Mordell Lectureship was established in honor of Louis Mordell, Sadleirian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. He was also an undergraduate at Cambridge, and the *New York Times* in 1909 had a short item about him:

MORDELL CARRIES HONORS MODESTLY; American Winner of Cambridge Wranglership Admits Being Erratic Student. DECLINED TO HAVE A COACH Only Studied When in the Mood — Believes in Plenty of Exercise and Is Fond of Tennis and Swimming.

Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.

June 20, 1909,

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