Adams Prize

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The Adams Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes awarded by the University of Cambridge.[1] The Adams Prize is awarded each year by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and St John's College to a UK based mathematician for distinguished research in the Mathematical Sciences.

The prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams. It was endowed by members of St John's College and was approved by the senate of the university in 1848 to commemorate Adams' controversial role in the discovery of the planet Neptune. Originally open only to Cambridge graduates, the current stipulation is that the mathematician must reside in the UK and must be under forty years of age. Each year applications are invited from mathematicians who have worked in a specific area of mathematics. As of 2012 the Adams Prize is worth approximately £14,000.[2] The prize is awarded in three parts. The first third is paid directly to the candidate; another third is paid to the candidate's institution to fund research expenses; and the final third is paid on publication of a survey paper in the winner's field in a major mathematics journal.

The prize has been awarded to many well known mathematicians, including James Clerk Maxwell and Sir William Hodge. The first time it was awarded to a female mathematician was in 2002 when it was awarded to Susan Howson, then a lecturer at the University of Nottingham for her work on number theory and elliptic curves.

The subject area for the 2013–14 prize was "Algebraic Geometry".

List of prizewinners[edit]

There does not currently seem to be an official list of prize winners, and the following partial list is compiled from internet sources:


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  2. ^ "Applications for Adams Prize 2012-13". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ "Permanent Academic Staff 1870 to the present". The Mathematics Department at the University of Otago. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ Turner, S. (2011). "Professor Owen Martin Phillips. 30 December 1930–12 October 2010". Journal of Fluid Mechanics 669: 1–2. doi:10.1017/S0022112010006415. 
  5. ^ Larsen, Kristine (2005). Stephen Hawking: a biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. xiv. ISBN 0-313-32392-5. 
  6. ^ Mead, Margaret (1980). Jawaharlal Nehru memorial lectures, 1973-1979. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. p. 157. 
  7. ^ "B. L. N. Kennett's CV". Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Sandu Popescu wins Adams Prize 2001". Quiprocone. 2001. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Dr Susan Howson on Woman's Hour". BBC Radio 4. 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Professor David Hobson". Warwick Department of Statistics. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  11. ^ "Dominic Joyce awarded Adams Prize". Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. 2009-07-22. 
  12. ^ Awards Cambridge University Reporter 26 April 2006
  13. ^ Awards Cambridge University Reporter 23 April 2008
  14. ^ "'Representation Theory' work wins 2009 Adams Prize". 2009-03-31. Archived from the original on 1 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  15. ^ "'Fluid Mechanics' work wins 2010 Adams Prize". 2010-02-26. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  16. ^ (reprinted from a University of Cambridge announcement). "Helfgott and Sanders Awarded Adams Prize". Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) 58 (7): 966. 
  17. ^ "Adams Prize winners 2011-12 announced". Retrieved 2012-02-24.