Kai Lai Chung: A Remembrance

Friday, November 6, 2009
Stanford University

Braun Geology Corner
Building 320, Room 105

Sloan Mathematics Corner
Building 380, Room 382-T
(Second Floor Lounge)


Kai Lai Chung, one of the leading probabilists of his time and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Stanford University, passed away on June 1, 2009, at the age of 91.

On Friday, November 6, 3–6 p.m., the Stanford University Mathematics Department will host an event to honor the memory of Professor Kai Lai Chung. This event will have some short presentations on Professor Chung’s life and work and will include reminiscences by some of his colleagues, family, and friends.

In particular, Professors Ronald Getoor (University of California, San Diego), John Walsh (University of British Columbia), and Ruth Williams (University of California, San Diego) will speak on the professional life and work of Professor Chung. A reception will follow the formal part of the event.

Those planning to attend are asked to please send e-mail to Pat Cahill indicating the number of attendees.

An obituary for Professor Chung can be found here. The family requests that charitable donations in memory of Professor Chung be made to the Kai Lai Chung memorial fund at the Stanford University Mathematics Department.


For those of you who wish to attend from out of town, we are happy to tell you that, although we are not funded to pay for your accommodations, we have arranged for you to receive the Stanford discount at two of our local hotels. Please make your reservations before Friday, October 16.

The Cardinal Hotel

We have reserved a number rooms at the charming and historic Cardinal Hotel, approximately 1 mile from the Stanford campus. Situated in downtown Palo Alto, the Cardinal is within walking distance of shopping and many fine dining establishments.

For November 5 to November 7, management at the Cardinal Hotel is offering rooms at the rate of $115 per night. To reserve your room, please go to our special reservations Web page.

For driving directions to the Cardinal Hotel from the San Francisco and San Jose airports, visit the Cardinal Hotel’s “Location” page. There, in addition to directions and a map, you will also find a list of shuttle bus companies that serve both airports. Phone numbers and estimated transportation charges are also listed.

Hotel California

We are also fortunate to have a of block rooms at the Hotel California. This quaint and homey hotel can be found in the less well-known, but utterly thriving “southern downtown” of Palo Alto. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Stanford campus, or you can hop on the free Marguerite shuttle. The Cal Train station, providing easy access into downtown San Francisco and San Jose, is just 21/2 blocks away.

Management at the Hotel California is generously extending to our guests the Stanford University discount: $79 single/$89 double per night for a full-size-bed room and $89 single/$99 double per night for a Queen size-bed room. Visit the reservations Web page to book your room—and remember to refer to the Kai Lai Chung memorial in the comment section.

For directions to the Hotel California, visit their “Directions” page.

Other Hotel Options

You may also make your reservations at any local hotel, although we have not arranged the Stanford discount. Here is a thorough list of other local hotel options.

Getting to the Memorial

If, for some reason, you don’t want to rent a car or take a cab or shuttle, you can get to Palo Alto from the San Francisco Airport by train. You will first need to take a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train from the airport to the Millbrae train station (BART schedule here) and then catch a southbound CalTrain to Palo Alto (train schedule here). Please note that, although the combined fares for this method of transportation are considerably lower than the alternatives, the convenience is also considerably lower.