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Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

Frank Nelson ColeThis prize recognizes a notable paper in number theory published during the preceding six years.

Prize Details
Currently, the US$5,000 prize is awarded every three years. To be eligible, the author should be a member of the American Mathematical Society or the paper should have been published in a recognized North American journal.

Next Prize
January 2017

Nomination Procedure
Nominations with supporting information should be submitted using the online form available here: www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/nominations. Include a short description of the work that is the basis of the nomination, including complete bibliographic citations. A brief curriculum vitae for the nominee should be included. Those who prefer to submit by postal mail may send nominations to the AMS Secretary, Carla Savage, Box 8206, Computer Science Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8206. The nominations will be forwarded by the Secretary to the prize selection committee, which will make the final decision on the awarding of this prize.

Most Recent Prize: 2014
Yitang Zhang was awarded the 2014 Cole Prize in Number Theory for his work on bounded gaps between primes.  Cem Y. Yildirim, János Pintz and Daniel Goldston were jointly awarded the 2014 Cole Prize in Number Theory for their work on small gaps between primes.


About this Prize
This prize (and the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra ) was founded in honor of Professor Frank Nelson Cole upon of his retirement from the American Mathematical Society; he served as AMS Secretary for twenty-five years and as Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin for twenty-one years. The original fund was donated by Professor Cole from moneys presented to him on his retirement, and was augmented by contributions from members of the Society.  The fund was later doubled by his son, Charles A. Cole.

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