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Prize: Award for Distinguished Public Service
 
Award for Distinguished Public Service 2020 Professor David Eisenbud

The 2020 AMS Award for Distinguished Public Service is awarded to David Eisenbud, professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the Mathematical Research Institute (MSRI), for his exceptional leadership and outreach efforts while director of MSRI, president of the AMS, and director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the Simons Foundation.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2018 Professor Sylvain E Cappell

Sixteenth award: to Sylvain Cappell for his remarkable mentoring of talented young mathematicians, his dedication to protecting human rights, and his extraordinary involvement in outreach.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS and in the news release.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2016 Aloysius Helminck

Fifteenth award: to Aloysius "Loek" Helminck for "his dynamic and public-spirited leadership of the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University, and for his work, both in his department and at the national level, to increase the diversity of the mathematical research community."

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2014 Philip Kutzko

Fourteenth award: to Philip Kutzko for his leadership of a national effort to increase the number of doctoral degrees in the mathematical sciences earned by students from underrepresented groups.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2012 William McCallum

Thirteenth award: to William McCallum for his energetic and effective efforts in promoting improvements to mathematics education.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2010 Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Twelfth award: to Carlos Castillo-Chavez for having a major impact with his efforts and activities in improving the representation in the broad mathematical sciences of the nation's traditionally underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2008 Herbert Clemens

Eleventh award: to Herbert Clemens for his superb research in complex algebraic geometry, his continuing efforts in education, and his seminal role in the founding and continuation of the Park City/IAS Mathematics Institute.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2006 Roger Howe

Tenth award: to Roger Howe for his multifaceted contributions to mathematics and to mathematics education.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2004 Richard A. Tapia

Ninth award: to Richard A. Tapia for inspiring and teaching thousands of people (from elementary school students to senior citizens) to study and appreciate the mathematical sciences.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2002 Margaret H. Wright

Eighth award: to Margaret H. Wright for notable contributions to the federal government and the scientific community, and for encouraging women and minority students.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 2000 Paul J. Sally Jr.

Seventh award: to Paul J. Sally, Jr. for the quality of his research, for his service to the [American Mathematical] Society as Trustee, but more importantly for his many efforts in improvement of mathematics education for the nation's youth and especially for members of minority and underrepresented groups and for his longitudinal mentoring of students, in particular the mathematics majors at Chicago.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 1998 Kenneth C. Millett

Sixth award: to Kenneth C. Millett for his work devoted to underrepresented minority students in the mathematical sciences. Professor Millett founded the University of California, Santa Barbara Achievement Program and directed the mathematics component of the Summer Academic Research Internship and the Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science at UCSB.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 1995 Donald J. Lewis

Fourth award: to Donald J. Lewis for his many contributions to mathematical education, mathematics policy, and mathematical research and administration during a career that has spanned several decades.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 1993 Isadore M. Singer

Third award: to Isadore M. Singer in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession, to science more broadly, and to the public good by bringing the best of mathematics and his own insights to bear on the activities of the National Academy of Sciences; on committees of the National Research Council, including the two so-called David Committees on the health of the mathematical sciences, and the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; on the President's Science Advisory Council; on decisions of Congress, through testimony concerning the support of mathematics and mathematical research; and on a host of critical situations over many years in which his wisdom and intervention helped gain a hearing for the problems of his community and the contributions it makes to the nation.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 1992 Harvey B. Keynes

Second award: to Harvey B. Keynes for his multifaceted efforts to revitalize mathematics education, especially for young people.


Award for Distinguished Public Service 1990 Kenneth M. Hoffman

First award: to Kenneth M. Hoffman for his outstanding leadership in establishing channels of communication between the mathematical community and makers of public policy as well as the general public.