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This prize (and the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory) was founded in honor of Professor Frank Nelson Cole upon his retirement after twenty-five years as Secretary of the American Mathematical Society. Cole also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin for twenty-one years.The original fund was donated by Professor Cole from moneys presented to him on his retirement, and was augmented by contributions from members of the Society.The fund was later doubled by his son, Charles A. Cole, and supported by family members. It has been further supplemented by George Lusztig and by an anonymous donor.
The current prize amount is US$5,000 and the prize is awarded every three years.Most Recent Prize: 2018
The 2018 Cole Prize in Algebra was awarded to Robert Guralnick for his groundbreaking research on representation theory, cohomology, and subgroup structure of finite quasi-simple groups, and the wide-ranging applications of this work to other areas of mathematics.
Prize announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS.See previous winners
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