Oxford Mathematician Nick Trefethen is the 2020 recipient of the John von Neumann Prize, the highest honour and flagship lecture of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), in recognition of his ground-breaking contributions across many areas of numerical analysis. 

SIAM awards the John von Neumann Prize annually to an individual for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematics and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community. It is one of SIAM’s most distinguished prizes as well as an important lecture at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The selection committee states, “He is an outstanding expositor of applied mathematics and his books are beautifully written, widely accessible, and highly original.”

The John von Neumann Lecture was established in 1959 to honor von Neumann, a Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and computer scientist, whose seminal work helped lead to the founding of modern computing. 

Nick is Professor of Numerical Analysis in Oxford, a Fellow of Balliol College and Head of Oxford Mathematics's Numerical Analysis Group. He has published around 140 journal papers spanning a wide range of areas within numerical analysis and applied mathematics, including non-normal eigenvalue problems and applications, spectral methods for differential equations, numerical linear algebra, fluid mechanics, computational complex analysis, and approximation theory.

Nick will deliver this flagship lecture at the Second Joint SIAM/CAIMS Annual Meeting (AN20) in July.

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