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Year: 2021
 
Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize 2021 Judith Grabiner

The 2021 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize is awarded to Judith Grabiner for her outstanding contributions to the history of mathematics, in particular her works on Cauchy, Lagrange, and MacLaurin; her widely-recognized gift for expository writing; and a distinguished career of teaching, lecturing, and numerous publications promoting a better understanding of mathematics and the significant roles in culture

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Bertrand Russell Prize of the AMS 2021 Michel Waldschmidt

The 2021 Bertrand Russell Prize is awarded to Michel Waldschmidt in recognition of his outstanding contributions to graduate schools and mathematical research in developing countries, and of his sustained commitment to building bridges between mathematical communities around the world.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics (AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize) 2021 Gunther Uhlmann

The 2021 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Gunther Uhlmann for his fundamental and insightful contributions to inverse problems and partial differential equations, as well as for his incisive work on boundary rigidity, microlocal analysis and cloaking.

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Cole Prize in Algebra 2021 Chenyang Xu

The 2021 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra is awarded to Chenyang Xu. He leads a group developing an algebraic theory of moduli for K-stable Fano varieties and working out a radically new approach to the singularities of the minimal model program using K-stability.

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Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student (AMS-MAA-SIAM) 2021 Ashwin Sah; Mehtaab Sawhney; Noah Kravitz

Ashwin Sah and Mehtaab Sawhney, graduate students in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics, received the 2021 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student, for their work as MIT undergraduates.The award recognizes the duo's innovative results across a broad range of topics in combinatorics, discrete geometry, and probability.

Receiving Honorable Mention for the Morgan Prize is Noah Kravitz.The citation for Kravitz notes that, He has made significant progress on very central and well-studied problems, including the small ball inequality, where he improved upon the current understanding of the problem by leading experts in the field and the lonely runner conjecture, where he discovered an unexpected rigidity in the problem.

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JPBM Communications Award 2021 John Bailer; Richard Campbell; Rosemary Pennington; Erica Klarreich

John Bailer, Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington receive the 2021 JPBM Communications Award "for their engaging, entertaining, and enlightening Stats + Stories podcast that for over six years has brought 'the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics' to public radio and a broad podcast audience."

Erica Klarreich receives the 2021 JPBM Communications Award "for her work as a writer and popularizer of mathematics and science. She writes about mathematics and theoretical computer science, and her writing has been chosen for and reprinted in Best Writing on Mathematics in four different years. Her works have appeared in Quanta, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Science News, Wired and other publications for a general audience. Erica Klarreich received a PhD in mathematics in 1997."

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Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1993 - present) 2021 Spencer Bloch

The 2021 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to Spencer Bloch for his seminal contributions linking algebraic geometry, algebraic K-theory, arithmetic and Hodge theory. Bloch?s ideas pervade modern thinking on these subjects, and laid the groundwork in both techniques and framework for many of the most exciting developments in these areas.

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Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (1993 - present) 2021 Noga Alon; Joel Spencer

The 2021 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition will be awarded to Noga Alon and Joel Spencer for their book, The Probabilistic Method, published by Wiley & Sons Inc. in 1992.

Now in its fourth edition, The Probabilistic Method is an invaluable toolbox for both the beginner and the experienced researcher in discrete probability.

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Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research (1993 - present) 2021 Murray Gerstenhaber

The 2021 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded to Murray Gerstenhaber for The cohomology structure of an associative ring, Ann. Math. 78 (1963), 267-288 and On the deformation of rings and algebras, Ann. Math. 79 (1964), 59-103. These two remarkable Annals of Mathematics papers established the foundations of algebraic deformation theory, developing a rich structure on the Hochschild cohomology. These papers have had and continue to have a huge impact on many areas of mathematics and physics, including higher algebra and deformation quantization.

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Levi L. Conant Prize 2021 Dan Margalit

Dan Margalit receives the 2021 Levi L. Conant prize for the article "The Mathematics of Joan Birman," Notices of the AMS, 66 (2019), 341-353 . In just ten pages Margalit conveys the breadth and depth of the mathematics of Joan Birman.

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Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research 2021 Amanda Folsom

Amanda L. Folsom receives the 2021 Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research for her outstanding record of research in analytic and algebraic number theory, with applications to combinatorics and Lie theory, for her work with undergraduate students, and for her service to the profession, including her work to promote success of women in mathematics.

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Mathematical Art Exhibition Award 2021 Margaret Kepner; Debora Coombs; Duane Bailey; Phillip Webster

Best photograph, painting, or print:  Margaret Kepner, "Eight-Ring Circus"
Best textile, sculpture, or other medium: Debora Coombs and Duane Bailey, "Laura's Flowerpot"
Honorable Mention award: Phillip Webster, "Madar-i-Shah Reconstruction"

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Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics 2021 Kaisa Matomäki

The 2021 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize is awarded to Kaisa Matomäki for her work (much of it joint with Maksym Radziwill) opening up the field of multiplicative functions in short intervals in a completely unexpected and very fruitful way, and in particular in their breakthrough paper, Multiplicative functions in short intervals (Annals of Math. 183 (2016), 1015–1056).

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Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling 2021 Michael I. Jordan

The Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling is awarded to Michael I. Jordan for foundational contributions to machine learning (ML), especially unsupervised learning, probabilistic computation, and core theory for balancing statistical fidelity with computation.

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