Oxford Mathematicians Frances Kirwan and András Juhász have been awarded London Mathematical Society Prizes for 2023. Frances is awarded the Pólya prize, while András receives the Whitehead Prize.
Frances receives her award for "her many outstanding and influential results in geometry and for her career-long service to the mathematical community" where she has been mentor and guide to many students and colleagues. András receives the Whitehead Prize for "his fundamental work in low-dimensional topology, in particular for applying Heegaard Floer homology to obtain a better understanding of knots, 3-manifolds, and 4-manifolds."
Frqnces Kirwan is Savilian Professor of Geometry in Oxford and a Fellow of New College. She specialises in algebraic and symplectic geometry, notably moduli spaces in algebraic geometry, geometric invariant theory (GIT), and the link between GIT and moment maps in symplectic geometry. She recently received a 2023 L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Award.
András is a Fellow of Keble College. He specialises in low-dimensional topology and knot theory from the point of view of invariants. Recently, in collaboration with DeepMind, he explored how machine learning might be used to advance pure mathematics, specifically in knot theory.