Awards & Prizes News

Colin Macdonald awarded the 2010 SIAM Richard C. DiPrima Prize

Colin Macdonald has been awarded the 2010 SIAM Richard C. DiPrima Prize, making him the 11th recepient of the award.

Jon Chapman, currently the Professor of Mathematics and its Applications and Director of the departmental research group OCIAM, is a former winner, being awarded the DiPrima prize in 1994.

The SIAM Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded every other year to a junior scientist for outstanding research in applied mathematics based on the doctoral dissertation.

Muhammad Imran Qureshi Awarded a BMC/BAMC Student Talk Prize

Oxford DPhil student Muhammad Imran Qureshi received one of 4 prizes "for best talks given by students" at the Maths 2010 meeting (combined BMC/BAMC), held 6-9 April 2010 in Edinburgh. There was a total of 90 talks given by students at the meeting. Mr Qureshi is a student of Balazs Szendroi; his talk was entitled Some new families of Calabi-Yau 3-folds in weighted flag varieties.

Marcus du Sautoy to receive 2010 JPBM Communications Award

The 2010 JPBM Communications Award is made to Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

The JPBM (Joint Policy Board for Mathematics) is an umbrella organization for four major American mathematical societies: the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The JPBM Communications Award was established in 1988 to recognize journalists, mathematicians, and others who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. The award recognizes a significant accumulated contribution to the public understanding of mathematics.

For the past fifteen years Professor du Sautoy has complemented his love of mathematical discovery with a passion for communicating mathematics to a broad public. He has reached hundreds of thousands through his books, television shows, and hundreds of articles and appearances in newspapers, magazines, television, and radio. His 2003 book on the Riemann Hypothesis, entitled "The Music of the Primes", is a best-seller which has been translated into 10 languages. In his 2008 book "Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature", du Sautoy guides the reader through groups and symmetry, from Babylonia to moonshine theory, while at the same time giving an engaging glimpse into mathematicians' minds. His four part television, the Story of Maths, presents a fascinating look at the development of mathematics from the design of the pyramids in Egypt to Perelman's proof of Poincaré's Conjecture.

Whether it is talking about Beckham's choice of number on a sports radio program, explaining the work of the Abel prize winner on Norwegian television, writing a weekly math column for the London Times, hosting a television game show based on math puzzles, or delivering the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, Marcus du Sautoy invariably seizes opportunities to make mathematics more accessible and more appealing.

Marcus du Sautoy to receive an OBE

Congratulations to Marcus du Sautoy on the award of an OBE for services to Science.

New Years Honours List 2010

Cornelia Drutu Badea awarded the title Professor of Mathematics

Congratulations to Cornelia Drutu Badea on the award of the title Professor of Mathematics.

Endre Süli elected Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Endre Süli was elected Foreign Member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts at the General Assembly of the Academy, which was held in Belgrade on 5th November.

The Academy, founded as the Serbian Royal Academy in 1886, is the Serbian national academy. It is the highest academic institution in the country, whose members are elected triennially.

This year's list of new Foreign Members also includes the President of the Czech Republic, the economist, Vaclav Klaus; the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt; and the Swedish Nobel Laureate, neurophysiologist, Torsten Wiesel.

Recognising and Rewarding Excellence in Teaching 2009

We are pleased to announce the following awards:

A Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Dr Brian Stewart.

Individual Teaching Development Awards go to Professor Charles Batty, Dr Jackie Stedall and Dr Robin Knight.

A Teaching Development Award goes to Dr Jackie Stedall and Dr Cath Wilkins.

Royal Society Prizes and Medals

Congratulations to John Ball, who has been awarded the Royal Society's Sylvester Medal, and to Marcus du Sautoy, who has won the Michael Faraday Prize.

Further info available.

LMS prizes awarded to Roger Heath-Brown, Philip Maini, and Cornelia Drutu

Pólya Prize - awarded in recognition of outstanding creativity in, imaginative exposition of, or distinguished contribution to, mathematics within the United Kingdom

The Pólya Prize is awarded to Professor Roger Heath-Brown, of the University of Oxford, for his many contributions within analytic number theory, and his dynamic application of analytic methods in wide-ranging investigations of problems spanning number theory and arithmetic geometry.

Throughout his career, Heath-Brown has regularly produced papers that have resolved long-standing problems or have presented novel techniques that have decisively changed the landscape. He has been able to devise variations of well-established techniques that permit conclusions going well beyond what was previously thought to be possible. In consequence, he is responsible for many of the sharpest conclusions available in the most important problems stretching across analytic number theory and beyond.

Naylor Prize and Lectureship - awarded in recognition of work in and influence on Applied Mathematics or the Applications of Mathematics; or lecturing gifts

The Naylor Prize and Lectureship in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Professor Philip Maini, of the University of Oxford, in recognition of his contributions to, and influence on, the field of mathematical biology.

In recent years, mathematical biology has experienced very rapid growth, and has established itself as an area that is driving the evolution of much new mathematics, as well as having an increasing impact on the biological sciences. Maini has been at the forefront of many of these developments. Many of the problems that he studies necessitate the formulation and analysis of new models, requiring him to bring to bear both knowledge of the relevant biology and mathematical skills. He is unsurpassed by his peers at the art and science of formulating tractable mathematical models of complex biological processes.

Whitehead Prize

A Whitehead Prize is awarded to Dr Cornelia Druţu, of the University of Oxford, for her work in geometric group theory.

Raphael Rouquier awarded Elie Cartan Prize

Raphael Rouquier has been awarded the Elie Cartan Prize from the French Academy of Sciences.

This is a triennial prize awarded to a mathematician aged under 45, of any nationality, who has accomplished an important body of work, either through the introduction of new ideas or by solving a difficult problem.

The prize was created in 1980 and the previous winners are Dennis Sullivan, Mikhail Gromov, Johannes Sjostrand, Jean Bourgain, Clifford Taubes, Don Zagier, Laurent Clozel, Jean-Benoit Bost and Emmanuel Ullmo.

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