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Sylvester Medal

James Joseph Sylvester FRS

Sylvester medallist 2021

Sylvester-Frances-KirwanProfessor Frances Kirwan DBE FRS

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

Professor Kirwan's achievement will be celebrated at Anniversary Day on 30 November 2021. The prize is given with a medal and gift of £2,000.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

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. 

Nominations

The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2021. 

Past winners

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.

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. 

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

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