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Sylvester Medal

James Joseph Sylvester FRS

The award

The Sylvester Medal is now awarded annually for an outstanding researcher in the field of mathematics.  

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.

Past winners

Professor Dusa McDuff FRS was awarded the 2018 Sylvester Medal for leading the development of the new field of symplectic geometry and topology. Her outstanding work includes many fundamental theorems and she has been inspirational for generations of mathematicians.

Professor Timothy Gowers FRS was awarded the 2016 Sylvester Medal for his groundbreaking results in the theory of Banach spaces, pure combinatorics, and additive number theory.

Professor Ben Green FRS was awarded the 2014 Sylvester Medal for his famous result on primes in arithmetic progression, and his subsequent proofs of a number of spectacular theorems over the last five to ten years.

See full list of all past winners of the Sylvester Medal.

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