Marvin Knopp Conference

The Department of Mathematics, Temple University, is holding a conference to honor the memory of our colleague and friend Marvin Knopp. The conference will take place Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12, 2012.

Marvin Knopp joined the Department of Mathematics at Temple in 1976. Prior to coming to Temple, he held professorships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1958 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, under the direction of Paul T. Bateman. Marvin Isadore Knopp was born on January 4, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois.

Professor Knopp was a leading expert in the theory of modular forms, and he was a pioneering figure in the theory of Eichler cohomology, modular integrals, and generalized modular forms. On several occasions he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he twice gave invited addresses to meetings of the American Mathematical Society. Marvin Knopp had over 70 publications and was the author of three books, including the foundational "Modular Functions in Analytic Number Theory." In 2007 the International Journal of Number Theory dedicated a volume in his honor. Over the course of his career, Professor Knopp supervised 21 Ph.D. students.


Schedule & Abstracts

The schedule is here and the abstracts are here.


All talks will take place in Kiva Auditorium (Ritter Hall Annex; 39 on campus map).

Memorial Concert

In addition to the mathematical activities, a late afternoon memorial concert is planned for Sunday, November 11, performed by the Peabody Trio: Seth Knopp, piano; Natasha Brofsky, cello; Violaine Melançon, violin. The concert will take place in the Temple Performing Arts Center. See map for location. (This event is co-sponsored by the Tri-County Concerts Association; Marvin was Vice President of this association from 1996 through 2011.)

Banquet Information

A memorial banquet is planned for Sunday evening, November 11, following the concert. Reservations for the banquet must be received by 3:00 pm Tuesday, November 6.

Place: 3rd Floor, Edward H. Rosen Hillel Center. (Northeast corner of Norris Street and 15th Street.)

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Philadelphia Center City Doubletree Hotel, for the evening of November 10 through the morning of November 12. The group name is Knopp Memorial Conference. Please make your reservations as soon as possible and no later than October 10. (Subject to availability.)


Parking will be available in the Liacouras Center Gararage.


Please register here.

Financial Support for Junior Participants

Thanks to the generosity of the Number Theory Foundation, there is limited support available for junior participants. If you fall into this category, please contact Wlad Pribitkin (


Sponsored by the Number Theory Foundation and the Department of Mathematics, College of Science and Technology, Temple University.

Conference organizers

Edward Letzter, Wladimir Pribitkin, Geoffrey Mason