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Leroy P. Steele Prizes

Each year, The Steele Prize is awarded in the following categories.

  1. The Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement is awarded for the cumulative influence of the total mathematical work of the recipient, high level of research over a period of time, particular influence on the development of a field, and influence on mathematics through Ph.D. students. The amount of this prize is US$10,000.

  2. The Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded for a book or substantial survey or expository research paper.  The amount of this prize is US$5,000.

  3. The Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded for a paper, whether recent or not, that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research. The amount of this prize is US$5,000.

Special Note: The Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded according to the following six-year rotation of subject areas:
1. Analysis/Probability (2020);
2. Algebra/Number Theory (2021);
3. Applied Mathematics (2016);
4. Geometry/Topology (2017);
5. Discrete Mathematics/Logic (2018);
6. Open (2019).

Most Recent Prizes

Lifetime Achievement: January 2016
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Prize was awarded to Barry Simon for his impact on the education and research of a generation of mathematical scientists through his significant research achievements, his highly influential books, and his mentoring of graduate students and postdocs.

Mathematical Exposition: January 2016
The 2016 Mathematical Exposition Prize was awarded to David Cox, John Little and Donal O’Shea for their book Ideals, Varieties, and Algorithms  which has made algebraic geometry and computational commutative algebra accessible not just to mathematicians but to students and researchers in many fields.

Seminal Contribution to Research: January 2016
The 2016 Seminal Contribution to Research Prize was awarded to Andrew J. Majda for two papers published in the Memoirs of the AMS in 1983: “The existence of multidimensional shock fronts,” Vol 43, Number 281, and “The stability of multidimensional shock fronts,” Vol 41, Number 275.

Next Prize
January 2017

Nomination Procedure
Nominations with supporting information should be submitted, during the nomination period, through this online form: Include a short description of the work that is the basis of the nomination, including complete bibliographic citations. A curriculum vitae should be included. Nominations for the Steele Prizes for Lifetime Achievement and for Mathematical Exposition will remain active and receive consideration for three consecutive years. Those who prefer to submit by regular mail may  send nominations to the AMS Secretary, Professor Carla Savage, Box 8206, Computer Science Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8206. Those  nominations will be forwarded by the Secretary to the prize selection committee.

Previous Prizes
The Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement
The Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition
The Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research

More About this Prize
These prizes were established in 1970 in honor of George David Birkhoff, William Fogg Osgood, and William Caspar Graustein, and are endowed under the terms of a bequest from Leroy P. Steele. From 1970 to 1976 one or more prizes were awarded each year for outstanding published mathematical research; most favorable consideration was given to papers distinguished for their exposition and covering broad areas of mathematics. In 1977 the Council of the AMS modified the terms under which the prizes are awarded. In 1993, the Council formalized the three categories of the prize by naming each of them: (1) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement; (2) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition; and (3) The Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research.  

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