The 2007 Hughes Medal has been awarded to Professor Artur Ekert for his
pioneering work on quantum cryptography and his many important contributions
to the theory of quantum computation and other branches of quantum physics.
Bryan Birch, who has been awarded the De Morgan Medal
in recognition of his influential contributions to modern number theory. The
LMS announcement says: `In particular, Professor Birch worked with Professor
Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, of the University of Cambridge, to create a new
area of arithmetic algebraic geometry. Together they formulated the
Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjectures. Despite the best efforts of some of the
greatest mathematical minds these remarkable conjectures are still open after
40 years and are amongst seven classic unsolved mathematical problems
identified by the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Institute is offering $1 million prizes for their proofs.'
Nikolay Nikolov, who has been awarded a
Whitehead Prize for his significant contributions to group theory, in
particular for several important advances in group theory, especially in
profinite groups and asymptotic aspects of arithmetic groups and finite
Oliver Riordan, who joins the Institute
in October. He has also been awarded a Whitehead Prize, for his major
contributions to graph polynomials, random graphs, extremal combinatorics,
models of large-scale real-world graphs, and percolation theory.
The IMA Gold Medal is awarded in alternate years in recognition of
outstanding contributions to mathematics and its applications over a
period of years. This year the medal was awarded to John
Ockendon. John will be the guest lecturer at the IMA 2007 Summer
Lecture on 27 June 2007, when he will be presented with his gold
Congratulations to Professor Victor Flynn, Professor Marc Lackenby,
Professor Hilary Priestley, and Professor Alex Scott on the award of the
title of Professor, and to Dr John Lennox on the award of the title of
Gareth Jones was one of three students given prizes at the 2006 BAMC by SIAM
UK-Ireland for a postgraduate presentation. It was entitled "Buckling of a
spherical shell embedded in an elastic matrix with a uniaxial stress field at