Preface
Harish-Chandra was a mathematician of great power, vision, and remark-
able ingenuity. His profound contributions to the representation theory of Lie
groups, harmonic analysis, and related areas of mathematics left a rich legacy
for researchers that continues today. This volume contains the proceedings of an
AMS Special Session entitled Representation Theory and Noncommutative Har-
monic Analysis: A Special Session Honoring the Memory of Harish-Chandra.
This session, held in Baltimore, Maryland, January 9-10, 1998, marked the
seventy-fifth anniversary of Harish-Chandra's birth in 1923 and the fifteenth
year after his untimely death in 1983 at the age of sixty.
The Table of Contents reveals contributions by an outstanding group of inter-
nationally known mathematicians. The papers range from expository and his-
torical surveys to original research articles. The influence of Harish-Chandra's
fundamental ideas form a backdrop throughout these papers. All of these ar-
ticles, which span a rather broad range of mathematics, have been carefully
refereed and will not appear elsewhere. Four Memorial Talks were given at
Harish-Chandra's 1983 Memorial Service held at the Institute for Advanced
Study by mathematicians who knew Harish-Chandra and his work well. These
talks contain personal recollections of Harish-Chandra and were collected in a
small memorial pamphlet by the Institute. They are published more widely here
for the first time with the permission of the authors and the Institute. Two
additional articles, Some Recollections of Harish-Chandra by Armand Borel,
and Harish-Chandra's c-Function: A Mathematical Jewel by Sigurdur Helgason
have been reprinted in this collection with permission of the authors and the
publishers.
Most of the papers that appear herein are expanded versions of the authors'
talks in Baltimore and were written especially for this volume. The lead-off
paper, Harish-Chandra, His Work, and its Legacy by the second named co-
editor, was also written especially for this volume at the request of the first
named co-editor. The paper is based on his one hour opening address of the
Special Session. The editors thank Rebecca Herb for her expository paper, An
Elementary Introduction to Harish-Chandra's Work, which provides newcomers
with a brief point of entry to some of Harish-Chandra's most basic mathematical
ideas together with references to explore his work further.
The editors wish to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to all who
made this volume possible. Special thanks go to the speakers for their beautiful
talks and their willingness to spend many hours writing them up so that the
results would be available to the larger mathematical community. We also
acknowledge the hard work and help of the referees. We are indebted to Shirley
Doran, our technical secretary, for a thoroughly professional job. Finally, we
wish to thank Sergei Gelfand, Christine Thivierge, and the dedicated staff at the
American Mathematical Society for their efforts in publishing these proceedings.
Robert S. Doran
V. S. Varadarajan
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