The Sylvester Medal is 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. The medal is of bronze, is now awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.
Professor Peter Sarnak FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2019 for transformational contributions across number theory, combinatorics, analysis and geometry.
Professor Dusa McDuff FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2018 for her pioneering role in 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 Sylvester Medal in 2016 for his groundbreaking results in the theory of Banach spaces, pure combinatorics, and additive number theory.
Professor Ben Green FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2014 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.