AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us Siobhan Roberts to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg"><img alt="Sioghan Roberts" src="/images/thumbs/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>Siobhan Roberts</strong>, a journalist and biographer based in Toronto, Canada, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3242">2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books</a>.</p> 2017 Breakthrough Prize to Jean Bourgain Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/breakthrough-2016-bourgain.jpg"><img alt="Jean Bourgain" src="/images/thumbs/breakthrough-2016-bourgain.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>The 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics has been awarded to <strong>Jean Bourgain</strong> (left) of the Institute for Advanced Study. Combining deep theoretical insights with ingenious problem-solving ability, Bourgain has had an enormous impact on mathematics over the past forty years. The 2017 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize was awarded to <strong>Mohammed Abouzaid</strong> (Columbia University), <strong>Hugo Duminil-Copin</strong> (University of Geneva), and jointly to <strong>Benjamin Elias</strong> (University of Oregon) and <strong>Geordie Williamson</strong> (Kyoto University). (Photo: Cliff Moore.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics is a US$3 million prize that rewards significant discoveries in mathematics. Winners of the New Horizons Prizes, which are awarded to junior researchers who have already produced important work, receive $100,000.</p> <p>Jean Bourgain has made major contributions across an incredibly diverse range of areas, including harmonic analysis, functional analysis, ergodic theory, partial differential equations, mathematical physics, combinatorics, and theoretical computer science. The field of mathematical analysis has undergone a revolution in the past four decades, with the achievement of major theoretical breakthroughs and powerful new techniques. Bourgain has been at the forefront of this revolution, introducing new tools that he and others have used to great effect. He also has been a leader in the burgeoning field of arithmetic combinatorics and has made significant contributions to theoretical computer science. With close to 500 publications and 120 co-authors around the globe, Bourgain is one of the most influential mathematicians of our time. Born in 1954 in Oostende, Belgium, Jean Bourgain received his PhD (1977) and his <em>habilitation</em> (1979) from the Free University of Brussels. He was a professor at the University of Brussels and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign moving in 1985 to the Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques in Paris. Ten years later, he became a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he is currently the IBM von Neumann Professor of Mathematics. In 1994, he received the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. His other distinctions include the Salem Prize (1983), the &Eacute;lie Cartan Prize of the French Academy of Sciences (1990), the Ostrowski Prize (1991), the <a href="/notices/201008/rtx100800987p.pdf">Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences (2010)</a>, and the <a href="/notices/201205/rtx120500676p.pdf">Crafoord Prize in Mathematics</a> of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2012).</p> <p>The 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is shared by <strong>Joseph Polchinski</strong>, University of California, Santa Barbara and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics; <strong>Andrew Strominger</strong>, Harvard University; and <strong>Cumrun Vafa</strong>, Harvard University, for &quot;transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.&quot;</p> <p>The <a href="">prizes</a> are funded by a grant from Mark Zuckerberg&rsquo;s fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and a grant from the Milner Foundation.</p> David H. Yang to Receive 2017 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Morgan-2017-Yang-Photo.jpg"><img alt="David H. Yang" src="/images/thumbs/Morgan-2017-Yang-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:88px" /></a><strong>David H. Yang</strong>, a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the <a href="/news?news_id=3236">2017 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student</a>. Yang is honored for his outstanding research in algebraic geometry and geometric representation theory. (Photo by Riley Drake.)</p> David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly, and Glenn Wightwick to Receive 2017 AMS Conant Prize Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/conant-2017-photo.jpg"><img alt="David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly, and Glenn Wightwick" src="/images/thumbs/conant-2017-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a><strong>David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly,</strong> and <strong>Glenn Wightwick</strong> will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3232">2017 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize</a> for their article <a href="/notices/201307/rnoti-p844.pdf">&quot;The Computation of Previously Inaccessible Digits of &pi;<sup>2</sup> and Catalan&#39;s Constant,&quot;</a> <a href="/notices"><em>Notices of the AMS</em></a>, August 2013. (Photo credits: Top left: David Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; top right: Jonathan Borwein (1951-2016), Australian Academy of Science; bottom left: Andrew Mattingly, CJ Butler, IBM Research-Australia; and lower right: Glenn Wightwick, Joanne Saad.)</p> John Friedlander and Henryk Iwaniec to Receive 2017 AMS Doob Prize Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Doob-2017-Iwaniec-Friedlander-photo.jpg"><img alt="Henry Iwaniec and John Friedlander" src="/images/thumbs/Doob-2017-Iwaniec-Friedlander-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:72px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>John Friedlander</strong> (right) of the University of Toronto and <strong>Henryk Iwaniec</strong> (left) of Rutgers University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3226">2017 AMS Joseph L. Doob Prize</a> for their book <em>Opera de Cribro</em> (AMS, 2010). (Photo: Olivier Ramar&eacute;.)</p> L&aacute;szl&oacute; Erd&#337;s and Horng-Tzer Yau to Receive 2017 AMS Eisenbud Prize Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/eisenbud-2017-erdos-yau.jpg"><img alt="Laszlo Erdos and Horng-Tzer Yau" src="/images/thumbs/eisenbud-2017-erdos-yau.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:63px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a><strong>L&aacute;szl&oacute; Erd&#337;s</strong> (left) of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and <strong>Horng-Tzer Yau</strong> (right) of Harvard University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3224">2017 AMS Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics</a> &quot;for proving the universality of eigenvalue statistics of Wigner random matrices.&quot;</p> Laura DeMarco to Receive 2017 AMS Satter Prize Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Satter-2017-DeMarco-Photo.jpg"><img alt="Laura DeMarco" src="/images/thumbs/Satter-2017-DeMarco-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:94px" /></a><strong>Laura DeMarco</strong> of Northwestern University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3222">2017 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics</a> &quot;for her fundamental contributions to complex dynamics, potential theory, and the emerging field of arithmetic dynamics.&quot; (Photo: Marc Harris.)</p> Henri Darmon to Receive 2017 AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Cole-Number-Theory-2017-Darmon-Photo.jpg"><img alt="Henri Darmon" src="/images/thumbs/Cole-Number-Theory-2017-Darmon-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:77px" /></a><strong>Henri Darmon </strong>of McGill University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3220">2017 AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory</a> &quot;for his contributions to the arithmetic of elliptic curves and modular forms.&quot;</p> Andras Vasy to Receive 2017 AMS B&ocirc;cher Prize Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Bocher-2017-Vasy.jpg"><img alt="Andras Vasy" src="/images/thumbs/Bocher-2017-Vasy.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:75px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a><strong>Andras Vasy</strong> of Stanford University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3215">2017 AMS B&ocirc;cher Prize</a> &quot;for his fundamental paper `Microlocal analysis of asymptotically hyperbolic and Kerr-de Sitter spaces,&#39; <em>Inventiones Mathematicae</em>, 194 (2013), 381&shy;513.&quot; (Photo taken by Marguerite Wong Vasy.)</p> Dusa McDuff and Dietmar Salamon to Receive 2017 AMS Steele Prize for Exposition Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/steele-expo-2017.jpg"><img alt="Dusa McDuff and Dietmar Salamon" src="/images/thumbs/steele-expo-2017.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:63px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a><strong>Dusa McDuff</strong> (left) and <strong>Dietmar Salamon</strong> (right) will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3212">2017 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Exposition</a> for their book&nbsp;<em>J-holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology</em> (AMS Colloquium Publications, 52, 2004; second edition 2012). (Photo of Dietmar Salamon by Christina Buchmann.)</p>