Professor

**Martin
Nowak** will deliver the

**Coxeter Lecture Series**. The Fields
Institute Coxeter Lecture Series (CLS) is intended to bring a leading
international mathematicia n in the field of the thematic program
of the Institute to give a series of three lectures. One talk will
be an overview to a general mathematical audience including post-doctoral
fellows and graduate students. The other two talks can target program
participants in their choice of topic(s), in collaboration with the
organizers of the related thematic program.

Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard
University and Director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary
Dynamics. Dr. Nowak works on the mathematical description of evolutionary
processes including the evolution of cooperation and human language,
the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. His major discoveries
include: the mechanism of HIV disease progression (1991), spatial
game dynamics (1992), generous tit-for-tat and win-stay,lose-shift
(1993), the rapid turnover and evolution of drug resistance in HIV
infection (1995), quantifying the dynamics of HBV infection (1996),
mechanisms for the evolution of genetic redundancy (1997), the evolution
of cooperation by indirect reciprocity (1998), the first mathematical
approach for studying the evolution of human language (1999-2002),
evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations and the 1/3 rule
(2004), evolutionary graph theory (2005), the first quantification
of the in vivo kinetics of a human cancer (2005), and five rules
for the evolution of cooperation (2006). At the moment he is working
on ‘prelife’, which is a formal approach to study the
origin of evolution.

An Austrian by birth, he studied biochemistry and mathematics at
the University of Vienna with Peter Schuster and Karl Sigmund. He
received his Ph.D. sub auspiciis praesidentis in 1989. He went on
to the University of Oxford as an Erwin Schrödinger Scholar
and worked there with Robert May, the later Lord May of Oxford,
with whom he co-authored numerous articles and his first book, Virus
Dynamics (OUP, 2000). Nowak was Guy Newton Junior Research Fellow
at Wolfson College and later Welcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
in Biomedical Sciences and E. P. Abraham Junior Research Fellow
at Keble College. Dr. Nowak became head of the mathematical biology
group in Oxford in 1995 and Professor of Mathematical Biology in
1997. A year later he moved to Princeton to establish the first
program in theoretical biology at the Institute for Advanced Study.
He accepted his present position at Harvard University in 2003.

A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dr.
Nowak is the recipient of Oxford’s Weldon Memorial Prize, the
Albert Wander Prize given by the University of Bern, the Akira Okubo
Prize of the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Roger E. Murray
Prize awarded by the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance,
the David Starr Jordan Prize given jointly by Stanford, Cornell,
and Indiana universities, and the Henry Dale Prize of The Royal
Institution, London. He has delivered numerous lectures in the United
Kingdom, Europe, and the United States and is a former member of
the Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. Dr. Nowak is the author
of more than 250 papers published in scientific journals. His latest
book, Evolutionary Dynamics, which was published by Harvard University
Press last year, provides an overview of the powerful yet simple
laws that govern the evolution of living systems.