Mathematicians gather to honour leading research mathematician of Operator Algebras 

A special Conference on Operator Algebras and Applications is to be held on the 21st  23rd September 2006 in honour of Professor Chris Lance, Pure Mathematics.
Chris retires on the 1st October after 26 years with the University of Leeds. He is a leading international mathematician in the central area of operator algebras. Operator algebra theory has become a key area of modern pure mathematics, having profound connections with other areas including knot theory, number theory and the representation theory of Lie groups, and also forming the mathematical basis for applications such as quantum statistical mechanics and quantum field theory.
In addition to the huge contribution Chris has made as a research mathematician, he has also been Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics; Chairman of the School of Mathematics; Editor of the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society; Vice President of the London Mathematical Society; Member of the EPSRC College; Secretary of the European Mathematical Society; and the London Mathematical Society's Publications Secretary.
Leading figures within the mathematical community will honour Chris at the Conference including Nate Brown (Pennsylvania State); Joachim Cuntz (Munster); Ed Effros (Los Angeles); Eberhard Kirchberg (Berlin) and Marc Rieffel (Berkeley).
A special dinner is to be held in Chris's honour on Friday 22nd September. 

Conference announcement, copied from the departmental web site.
The conference schedule is here.
John Ringrose lecturing on "Then and now".
The remaining pictures were all taken at the Conference Dinner. I meant to take photos of everyone present, but I inadvertently missed several people.
John Pryce and Mary.
David Salinger, Assad Niknam.
Rob Archbold, Ed Effros.
Peter Sproston, Markus Haase, Joe Habgood, Matt Heath, Dugald Macpherson.
Nick Young, Jan and Marc Rieffel.
Zina Lykova, Magnus Landstad.
Matt Daws, Bill CrawleyBoevey, Nick Young.
Nate Brown, John Brindley, Charles Batty.
Charles Read, Martin Mathieu, Joachim Cuntz.
Allan Sinclair, John Pym, Eric Wallace.
Joanna Dales, John and Jean Ringrose.
John and Margaret Derrick, Eberhard Kirchberg.
Vladimir Kisil, Niels Laustsen, Paul Ramsden.
Simon Wassermann, András Zsák.
Richard Timoney, Ivan Todorov, John Wood.
Joachim Zacharias, Brian Feely, Manuel de la Rosa, Paul Lawson.
My afterdinner speech.