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Sylvester Medal

James Joseph Sylvester FRS

Sylvester medallist 2019

Professor Peter Sarnak FRSProfessor Peter Sarnak FRS 

The Sylvester Medal 2019 is awarded to Professor Peter Sarnak FRS for transformational contributions across number theory, combinatorics, analysis and geometry.

Professor Sarnak will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,000 at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day meeting on 29 November 2019.

The award

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. 


The call for nominations opens on 29 November 2019.

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Past winners

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.

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