David P. Robbins Prize

David P. Robbins

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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.

Prize Details:
The current prize amount is $5,000 and the prize is awarded every 3 years

Next Prize: January 2019

Nomination Period: 1 March – 30 June, 2018

Nomination Procedure: Submit a letter of nomination, a complete bibliographic citation for the work being nominated, and a brief citation that explains why the work is important.

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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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