George David Birkhoff Prize


The George David Birkhoff Prize in applied mathematics is awarded – jointly by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) – in honour of George David Birkhoff (1884–1944). It is currently awarded every three years for an outstanding contribution to: "applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense".[1][2] The recipient of the prize has to be a member of one of the awarding societies, as well as a resident of the United States of America, Canada or Mexico. The prize was established in 1967 and currently (2020) amounts to US$5,000.


Year Winner Reason
1968 Jürgen Moser "for his contributions to the theory of Hamiltonian dynamical systems, especially his proof of the stability of periodic solutions of Hamiltonian systems having two degrees of freedom and his specific applications of the ideas in connection with this work."[3]
1973 James Serrin and Fritz John "for his outstanding work in partial differential equations, in numerical analysis, and, particularly, in nonlinear elasticity theory; the latter work has led to his study of quasi-isometric mappings as well as functions of bounded mean oscillation, which have had impact in other areas of analysis."[3]
1978 Clifford Truesdell, Mark Kac, and Garrett Birkhoff "for bringing the methods of algebra and the highest standards of mathematics to scientific applications."[3]
1983 Paul Garabedian "for his important contributions to partial differential equations, to the mathematical analysis of problems of transonic flow and airfoil design by the method of complexification, and to the development and application of scientific computing to problems of fluid dynamics and plasma physics."[3]
1988 Elliott H. Lieb "for his profound analysis of problems arising in mathematical physics."[3]
1994 Ivo Babuška and S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan "to Ivo Babuška for important contributions to the reliability of finite element methods, the development of a general framework for finite element error estimation, and the development of p- and hp- finite element methods; and to S. R. S. Varadhan for important contributions to the martingale characterization of diffusion processes, to the theory of large deviations for functionals of occupation times of Markov processes, and to the study of random media."[3]
1998 Paul Rabinowitz "for his deep influence on the field of nonlinear analysis."[4]
2003 John N. Mather and Charles S. Peskin "to John Mather for being a mathematician of exceptional depth, power, and originality; and to Charles S. Peskin for devoting much of his career to understanding the dynamics of the human heart and bringing an extraordinarily broad range of expertise to bear on this problem."[5]
2006 Cathleen Synge Morawetz "for her deep and influential work in partial differential equations, most notably in the study of shock waves, transonic flow, scattering theory, and conformally invariant estimates for the wave equation."[6]
2009 Joel Smoller "for his leadership, originality, depth, and breadth of work in dynamical systems, differential equations, mathematical biology, shock wave theory, and general relativity."[7]
2012 Björn Engquist "for his contributions to a wide range of powerful computational methods over more than three decades."[8]
2015 Emmanuel Candès "for his work on compressed sensing that has revolutionized signal processing and medical imaging and his related work on computational harmonic analysis, statistics and scientific computing."[9]
2018 Bernd Sturmfels "for his instrumental role in creating the field of applied algebraic geometry."[10]
2021 Gunther Uhlmann "for his fundamental and insightful contributions to inverse problems and partial differential equations, as well as for his incisive work on boundary rigidity, microlocal analysis and cloaking."[11]

See also


  1. ^ George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2010-04-12
  2. ^ George David Birkhoff Prize, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2010-04-12
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Browse Prizes and Awards". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  4. ^ "1998 Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 45: 509–510. April 1998.
  5. ^ "2003 Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 50: 470–473. 2003.
  6. ^ "2006 Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 53: 474. 2006.
  7. ^ "2009 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 56: 492–493. April 2009.
  8. ^ "2012 AMS–SIAM Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 59: 576–577. April 2012.
  9. ^ "2015 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 62: 423–424. April 2015.
  10. ^ "Bernd Sturmfels to Receive 2018 George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  11. ^ "2021 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize"