Cole Prize

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The Frank Nelson Cole Prize, or Cole Prize for short, is one of two prizes awarded to mathematicians by the American Mathematical Society, one for an outstanding contribution to algebra, and the other for an outstanding contribution to number theory.[1] The prize is named after Frank Nelson Cole, who served the Society for 25 years. The Cole Prize in algebra was funded by Cole himself, from funds given to him as a retirement gift; the prize fund was later augmented by his son, leading to the double award.[1][2]

The first award for algebra was made in 1928 to L. E. Dickson, for his book Algebren und ihre Zahlentheorie, Orell Füssli, Zürich and Leipzig, 1927, while the first award for number theory was made in 1931 to H. S. Vandiver, for papers dealing with Fermat's last theorem.[2]

Although eligibility for the prize is not fully international, they are awarded to members of the Society and those who publish outstanding work in leading American journals.

Algebra Prize awards[edit]

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Number Theory Prize awards[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Richardson, R. G. (1930), "The Society's Prizes", Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 36: 3–4, doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1930-04851-X .
  2. ^ a b Pitcher, Everett (1988), A history of the second fifty years, American Mathematical Society 1939-88, American Mathematical Society, pp. 51–54, ISBN 9780821896761 .

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