This medal is awarded for mathematical research.
James Joseph Sylvester FRS
The Sylvester Medal is awarded biennially (in even years) “for the encouragement of mathematical research”.
The award was created in memory of the mathematician James Joseph Sylvester FRS (PDF), who was Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford in the 1880s. It was first awarded in 1901. Originally it was awarded triennially, but from 2010 it is now awarded biennially in even years.
The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired. The medal is of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £1,000.
The next call for nominations for this award will open in 2015.
Most recent medallist
Professor John Toland FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2012 for his original theorems and remarkable discoveries in nonlinear partial differential equations, including applications to water waves.