William J. Hank Family Professor
Anand Pillay is a specialist in model theory, a branch of mathematical logic, and also works at the interface of logic and other areas of mathematics, such as algebra, number theory, and geometry. He has helped initiate many research areas in model theory, such as o-minimality, and remains at the forefront of the subject, internationally.
Professor Pillay hails from England where he did his undergraduate and doctoral training. He spent the early part of his career (1983-96) at Notre Dame, took up a position of Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois (1996-2005), then returned to the UK (Leeds, 2005-2013) for a few years, before coming back to Notre Dame.
Professor Pillay has published numerous articles and several books. He spoke at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich, 1994, gave the Tarski lectures in Berkeley in 2009 and the Godel lecture in Barcelona in 2011. He was a recipient of the Humboldt-Preis in 2001.
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The Hank Professorship was endowed by William J. (’54) and Joan Hank, who are the parents of five Notre Dame graduates. Bill has been a member of the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council since 1975.