Prizes, prizes, prizes

Several prizes have been awarded in the past few weeks to mathematicians.

Kyoto Prize

The Kyoto Prize 2018 in the category Basic Sciences was awarded to Masaki Kashiwara from the RIMS at Kyoto University. (announcement)

The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually to “those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind” and is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. (Wikipedia, official homepage)

Masaki Kashiwara (Wikipedia) was awarded the prize for his contributions to the theory of D-modules. The encomium reads “Dr. Kashiwara established the theory of D-modules, thereby playing a decisive role in the creation and development of algebraic analysis. His numerous achievements—including the establishment of the Riemann-Hilbert correspondence, its application to representation theory, and construction of crystal basis theory—have exerted great influence on various fields of mathematics and contributed strongly to their development.”

EMS Gordin Prize

Mateusz Kwaśnicki from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology was awarded the 2018 EMS Gordin Prize for his outstanding contributions to the spectral analysis of Lévy processes. (announcement)

The EMS Gordin Prize honours the memory of Mikhail Gordin and is awarded to a junior mathematician from an Eastern Europe country working in probability or dynamical systems.

Wittgenstein Award

Herbert Edelsbrunner (Arts & Science Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Duke University, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, and co-founder of Geomagic, Inc.) receives the Wittgenstein Award 2018. (announcement)

The Wittgenstein Award is named after the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and is conferred once per year by the Austrian Science Fund. Awardees receive financial support up to 1.5 million euro to be spent over a period of five years. (Wikipedia)

Herbert Edelsbrunner is one of the world’s leading researchers in computational geometry and topology. (Wikipedia)

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize

Volker Mehrmann, professor at TU Berlin and president-elect of the EMS, receives the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize 2018. (announcement)

The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize is an annual award presented by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for outstanding research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. It was established in 1994 by Idalia Reid in honour of her husband W. T. Reid, who died in 1977.