American Mathematical Society

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.

  >The George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics
  >The Bôcher Memorial Prize
  >The Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra and The Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory
  >The JPBM Communications Award
  >The Levi L. Conant Prize
  >The Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize
  >The Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student
  >The Award for Distinguished Public Service
  >AAS-AMS-APS Public Service Award
  >The Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics
  >The Leroy P. Steele Prizes
  >The Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry
  >The Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize
  >The Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

The George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics

It is awarded for an outstanding contribution to "applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense". The award is made jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The recipient must be a member of one of these societies and a resident of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

1998 awardee : Paul H. Rabinowitz, for his deep influence on the field of nonlinear analysis.

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The Bôcher Memorial Prize

It is awarded for a notable research memoir in analysis that has appeared during the past five years in a recognized North American journal. This provision, introduced in 1971 and modified in 1993, is a liberalization of the terms of the award. From 1923-1999, the prize was usually awarded every five years. Beginning in 2002, it will be awarded every three years.

1999 awardees : Demetrios Christodoulou, "for his contributions to the mathematical theory of general relativity, and to Sergiu Klainerman for his contributions to nonlinear hyperbolic equations, and to Thomas Wolff for his work in harmonic analysis."

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The Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra / The Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

These prizes were founded in honor of Professor Frank Nelson Cole for contributions to algebra and the theory of numbers.

2000 awardees : Andrei Suslin, "for his work on motivic cohomology", and to Aise Johan de Jong "for his important work on the resolution of singularities by generically finite maps."

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The JPBM Communications Award

This (usually) annual award was established by JPBM in 1988 to reward and encourage journalists and other communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring accurate mathematical information to nonmathematical audiences. Any person, a mathematician or non-mathematician, is eligible as long as that person is primarily a communicator with non-mathematical audiences. JPBM (Joint Policy Board for Mathematics) is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

2001 awardee : Keith J. Devlin, "for his many contributions to public understanding of mathematics through great numbers of radio and television appearances; public talks; books; and articles in magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, and online."

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The Levi L. Conant Prize

This prize was established in 2000 in honor of Levi L. Conant to recognize the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years. The prize is awarded annually.

2001 awardee : Carl Pomerance, for his paper,"A Tale of Two Sieves," Notices of the AMS 43, no. 12 (1996), 1473-1485.

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The Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize

One or more prizes in discrete mathematics.

2000 awardee : Michel X. Goemans and David P. Williamson for "Improved approximation algorithms for the maximum cut and satisfiability probelsm using semi-definite programming", Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, 42 (1995), no. 6, pages 1115-1145; and Michele Conforti, Gerard Cornuejols, and M. R. Rao for "Decomposition of balanced matrices", Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B, 77 (1999), no. 2, pages 292-406.

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The Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student

This prize is to be awarded to an undergraduate student (or students having submitted joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics. Any student who is an undergraduate in a college or university in Canada, Mexico, or the United States or its possessions is eligible to be considered for this prize. No more than one prize shall be awarded each year and a few honorable mentions may be made. The award is made jointly by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

2000 awardee : Jacob Lurie for his paper "On simply laced Lie algebras and their miniscule representations." Honorable mention : Wai Ling Yee

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The Award for Distinguished Public Service

To provide encouragement and recognition to those individuals who contribute their time to public service activities in support of mathematics, the Council of the Society established the Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award was established in response to a recommendation by the Society's Committee on Science Policy. The award is presented every two years to a research mathematician who has made a distinguished contribution to the mathematics profession during the preceding five years.

2000 awardee : Paul J. Sally, Jr. University of Chicago , for the quality of his research, for his service to the [American Mathematical] Society as Trustee, but more importantly for his many efforts in improvement of mathematics education for the nation's youth and especially for members of minority and underrepresented groups and for his longitudinal mentoring of students, in particular the mathematics majors at Chicago.

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AAS-AMS-APS Public Service Award

This award was established in 1999 by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the American Physical Society (APS) to recognize a public figure for his or her sustained and exceptional contributions to public policies that foster support for research, education, and industrial innovation in the physical sciences and mathematics.

2001 awardees : Vernon Ehlers and Neal Lane.

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The Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics

Professor Birman requested that the prize be established to honor her sister's commitment to research and to encouraging women in science. The prizes are awarded every two years to recognize an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous five years.

2001 awardees : Karen E. Smith, "for her outstanding work in commutative algebra", and to Sijue Wu, "for her work on a long-standing problem in the water wave equation."

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The Leroy P. Steele Prizes

From 1970 to 1976 one or more prizes were awarded each year for outstanding published mathematical research; most favorable consideration was given to papers distinguished for their exposition and covering broad areas of mathematics. Up to three prizes have been awarded each year in the following categories: (1) for the cumulative influence of the total mathematical work of the recipient, high level of research over a period of time, particular influence on the development of a field, and influence on mathematics through Ph.D. students; (2) for a book or substantial survey or expository-research paper; (3) for a paper, whether recent or not, that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research. In 1993, the Council formalized the three categories of the prize by naming each of them: (1) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement; (2) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition; and (3) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research :

2001 - Lifetime Achievement : To Harry Kesten for his many and deep contributions to probability theory and its applications.

2001 - Seminal Contribution to Research : To Leslie F. Greengard and Vladimir Rokhlin for the paper "A fast algorithm for particle simulations", J. Comput. Phys. 73, no. 2 (1987), 325-348.

2001 - Mathematical Exposition : To Richard P. Stanley in recognition of the completion of his two-volume work Enumerative Combinatorics.

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The Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry

The prize is awarded for research in geometry or topology under conditions similar to those for the Bôcher Prize.

2001 awardee : Jeff Cheeger for his work in differential geometry, to Yakov Eliashberg for his work in symplectic and contact topology, and Michael J. Hopkins for his work in homotopy theory.

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The Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize

This prize was established to recognize notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics. The prize is awarded every four years.

2001 awardee : Thomas Hawkins to recognize an outstanding historian of mathematics whose current research and numerous publications display the highest standards of mathematical and historial sophistication

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The Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

The prize is awarded for an outstanding contribution to "applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense." The award is made jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The recipient must be a member of one of these societies and a resident of the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

2000 awardees : Alexandre J. Chorin in recognition of his seminal work in computational fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics, and turbulence; and Arthur T. Winfree in recognition of his profound impact on the field of biological rhythms, otherwise known as coupled nonlinear oscillators.

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