Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics

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The Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, also called the Satter Prize, is a bi-annual prize presented by the American Mathematical Society in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.


The Satter prize is awarded every two years. The recipients of the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, and the reasons given for the award, are:[1]

  • 1991: Dusa McDuff for her outstanding work during the past five years on symplectic geometry.
  • 1993: Lai-Sang Young for her leading role in the investigation of the statistical (or ergodic) properties of dynamical systems.
  • 1995: Sun-Yung Alice Chang for her deep contributions to the study of partial differential equations on Riemannian manifolds and in particular for her work on extremal problems in spectral geometry and the compactness of isospectral metrics within a fixed conformal class on a compact 3-manifold.
  • 1997: Ingrid Daubechies for her deep and beautiful analysis of wavelets and their applications.
  • 1999: Bernadette Perrin-Riou for her number theoretical research on p-adic L-functions and Iwasawa theory.
  • 2001: Karen E. Smith for her outstanding work in commutative algebra, and to Sijue Wu for her work on a long-standing problem in the water wave equation.
  • 2003: Abigail Thompson for her outstanding work in 3-dimensional topology.
  • 2005: Svetlana Jitomirskaya for her pioneering work on non-perturbative quasiperiodic localization, in particular for results in her papers (1) Metal-insulator transition for the almost Mathieu operator, Ann. of Math. (2) 150 (1999), no. 3, 1159–1175, and (2) with J. Bourgain, Absolutely continuous spectrum for 1D quasiperiodic operators, Invent. Math. 148 (2002), no. 3, 453–463.
  • 2007: Claire Voisin for her deep contributions to algebraic geometry, and in particular for her recent solutions to two long-standing open problems: the Kodaira problem (On the homotopy types of compact Kähler and complex projective manifolds, Inventiones Mathematicae, 157 (2004), no. 2, 329–343) and Green's conjecture (Green's canonical syzygy conjecture for generic curves of odd genus, Compositio Mathematica, 141 (2005), no. 5, 1163–1190; and Green's generic syzygy conjecture for curves of even genus lying on a K3 surface, Journal of the European Mathematical Society, 4 (2002), no. 4, 363–404).
  • 2009: Laure Saint-Raymond for her fundamental work on the hydrodynamic limits of the Boltzmann equation in the kinetic theory of gases.
  • 2011: Amie Wilkinson for her remarkable contributions to the field of ergodic theory of partially hyperbolic dynamical systems.
  • 2013: Maryam Mirzakhani for her deep contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.
  • 2015: Hee Oh for her fundamental contributions to the fields of dynamics on homogeneous spaces, discrete subgroups of Lie groups, and applications to number theory.
  • 2017: Laura DeMarco for her fundamental contributions to complex dynamics, potential theory, and the emerging field of arithmetic dynamics.


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