The CRM-Fields Institute Prize for 1996 was awarded to Professor
George A. Elliott of the University of Toronto and the University
of Copenhagen. The awards ceremony took place at the CRM on
April 19, 1996, following a lecture by Professor Elliott entitled
"C*-algebras at the CRM." He was cited in particular
for his classification of C*-algebras via invariants related
to ordered K-theory. His work has so influenced this field
that specialists speak of "the Elliott Program,"
and he was an invited speaker at the International Congress
of Mathematicians in 1994.
HIS STUDIES: George Elliott obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Queens
University in Kingston in 1965 and 1966 and his Ph.D. at the University
of Toronto in 1969. After postdoctoral fellowships at the University
of British Columbia and Queens University and a year at the Institute
for Advanced Study in Princeton, he accepted the position of lektor
at the University of Copenhagen in 1972. In 1984 he was named
adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.
HIS WORKS: Professor Elliott has published more than 100 papers
and given invited talks at some 48 universities and numerous meetings.
He served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and
the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin and currently edits the Mathematical
Reports of the Academy of Sciences of Canada.
In addition to the work cited above George Elliott has made important
contributions in other areas of operator algebras: derivations
and automorphisms of C*-algebras, classification of AF-algebras
in terms of their ordered Ko-groups, and non-commutative tori.