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Sylvester Medal

Professor Timothy Gowers FRS

The award

The Sylvester Medal is awarded to 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 made of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The award was awarded biennially, but from 2018 will be awarded annually.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open 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.

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