The Robbins Prize is for a paper with the following characteristics: it shall report on novel research in algebra, combinatorics or discrete mathematics and shall have a significant experimental component; and it shall be on a topic which is broadly accessible and shall provide a simple statement of the problem and clear exposition of the work. Papers published within the six calendar years preceding the year in which the prize is awarded are eligible for consideration.
The US$5,000 prize is awarded every three years.
Nominations with supporting information should be submitted through this online form: 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 curriculum vitae should be included. Those who prefer to submit by regular mail may send nominations to the AMS Secretary, Professor Carla Savage, Box 8206, Computer Science Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8206. Those nominations will be forwarded by the Secretary to the prize selection committee.
Most Recent Prize: 2016
Christoph Koutschan (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Manuel Kauers (Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria), and Doron Zeilberger (Rutgers University) were awarded the 2016 AMS David P. Robbins Prize. The three are honored for their paper, "Proof of George Andrews's and David Robbins's q-TSPP conjecture," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) (2011).
About this Prize
This prize was established in 2005 in memory of David P. Robbins by members of his family. Robbins, who died in 2003, received his Ph.D. in 1970 from MIT. He was a long-time member of the Institute for Defense Analysis Center for Communications Research and a prolific mathematician whose work (much of it classified) was in discrete mathematics.
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Photo courtesy of Ken Robbins.