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Sylvester Medal

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully. 

This year, the Society is encouraging nominations of joint collaborations, groups or teams for almost all its medals to better represent how contemporary science is undertaken. In addition, the Society is extremely keen to broaden the diversity of those nominated for its awards, so do please consider all contacts and colleagues.  

You do not have to be a Fellow of the Royal Society to nominate or be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 24 February 2023 at 3pm GMT.

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Sylvester medallist 2022

Roger Heath-Brown in officeProfessor D.R. Heath-Brown FRS

The Sylvester Medal 2022 is awarded to Professor D.R. Heath-Brown FRS for his many important contributions to the study of prime numbers and solutions to equations in integers. 

The award

The Sylvester Medal is awarded annually for outstanding contributions 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. 

Eligibility

The Sylvester medal is open to UK/Commonwealth/Republic of Ireland citizens or those who have been residents for three or more years. There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles. Teams or groups may now be nominated for this award.

Nominations

Nominations are now closed and will reopen in November 2022.

Past winners

Professor Frances Kirwan DBE FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2021 for her research on quotients in algebraic geometry, including links with symplectic geometry and topology, which has had many applications.

Professor Bryan Birch FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2020. His work has played a major role in driving the theory of elliptic curves, through the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and the theory of Heegner points.

Professor Peter Sarnak FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal in 2019 for transformational contributions across number theory, combinatorics, analysis and geometry. 

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

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