Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics
The Eisenbud Prize honors a work or group of works that brings mathematics and physics closer together. Thus, for example, the prize might be given for a contribution to mathematics inspired by modern developments in physics or for the development of a physical theory exploiting modern mathematics in a novel way.
The US$5,000 prize will be awarded every three years for a work published in the preceding six years.
June 30, 2013
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: 2011
Herbert Spohn received the Eisenbud Prize in 2011 for his group of works on stochastic growth processes.
About the Prize
This prize was established in 2006 in memory of the mathematical physicist, Leonard Eisenbud (1913-2004), by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Monika Eisenbud. Leonard Eisenbud (pictured) was a student of Eugene Wigner. He was particularly known for the book, Nuclear Structure (1958), which he co-authored with Wigner. A friend of Paul Erdõs, he once threatened to write a dictionary of “English to Erdõs and Erdõs to English.” He was one of the founders of the Physics Department at SUNY Stony Brook, where he taught from 1957 until his retirement in 1983. In later years he became interested in the foundations of quantum mechanics and in the interaction of physics with culture and politics, teaching courses on the anti-science movement. His son, David, was President of the American Mathematical Society 2003-2004.
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Photo courtesy of David Eisenbud