Meet New Faculty Member - Cameron Franc
Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?
Over the course of my university and prior studies, I had the good fortune of being taught by a variety of excellent teachers. During my second year of university studies I took a course on number theory and cryptography, and from then on, I knew that I wanted to be a number theorist.
What's the focus of your research?
These days my research interests center on questions in number theory primarily related to modular forms and L-functions, and on the interaction of this field with adjacent fields such as cryptography and conformal field theory. While number theory is one of the oldest fields of mathematics, in the past century it has become entrenched in everyday life: from its use in technology such as cell-phones and computers, to its appearance in surprising corners of the other sciences, today everyone carries a little number theory in their pockets!
When you're not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
When not doing mathematics I like to exercise, read, and spend time with my wife and dog.
Cameron completed his undergraduate degree from Queen's in 2006, and received a Ph.D. from McGill in 2011, under the expert guidance of Henri Darmon, which was followed by postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Michigan. For the past four years Cameron has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.