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Sylvester Medal

James Joseph Sylvester FRS

Sylvester Medal winner 2018

Professor Dusa McDuff FRSProfessor Dusa McDuff FRS

The Sylvester Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor Dusa McDuff FRS 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 McDuff will be awarded a medal of bronze which is accompanied by a gift of £2,000 and will be awarded at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November 2018.

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.

The next round of nominations opens in November 2018.

Past winners

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.

Professor John Toland FRS was awarded the Medal in 2012 for his original theorems and remarkable discoveries in nonlinear partial differential equations, including applications to water waves.

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