Awards & Prizes News

Bill Morton wins the 2010 De Morgan Medal

Warm congratulations to Bill Morton, who has won the 2010 De Morgan Medal.

The De Morgan Medal is the most prestigious prize of the London Mathematical Society (LMS)

Professor Morton’s work concerns understanding the flow of liquids and his results have influenced a wide range of fields, from weather forecasting to the design of power stations and from the development of aircraft engines to the growth of scientific computing.

LMS president Professor Angus MacIntyre FRS, said, “A hallmark of Professor Morton's work is the creation of original, elegant mathematics in the service of real-world applications. The London Mathematical Society is proud to honour a mathematician who has changed the way we look at the numerical analysis of partial differential equations through his world-leading research results, his vision and his dynamic leadership qualities.”

Graeme Segal awarded the 2010 Sylvester Medal

The Royal Society has awarded the 2010 Sylvester Medal to Dr Graeme Segal FRS for his highly influential and elegant work on the development of topology, geometry and quantum field theory, bridging the gap between physics and pure mathematics.

Philip Candelas becomes an FRS

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.

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