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 Bryan Birch FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal 2020 for work that 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 2019 for transformational contributions across number theory, combinatorics, analysis and geometry.
Professor Dusa McDuff FRS was awarded the Sylvester Medal 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.
See full list of all past winners of the Sylvester Medal.