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Friday, 10 November 2017

James Maynard appointed Research Professor and receives a Wolfson Merit Award from the Royal Society

Oxford Mathematician James Maynard has been appointed Research Professor and receives a Wolfson Merit Award from the Royal Society. The Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award is a prestigious award intended to attract or retain respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Professor Maynard's project, 'Structure in the primes, with applications', aims to develop techniques to understand the statistical properties of the distribution of prime numbers - a central problem in number theory. The project consists of three large projects to be investigated over a five-year period. The projects follow the common theme of studying classical problems in analytic number theory by attempting to classify counter-examples, should they exist. This approach has been remarkably successful in analytic arguments, and is an example of a common connection between analysis, combinatorics and algebra. The underlying techniques also provide flexible and universal means of answering rigorously many real-world questions about primes.

James Maynard is one of the brightest young stars in world mathematics at the moment, having made dramatic advances in analytic number theory in the years immediately following his 2013 doctorate. These advances have brought him worldwide attention in mathematics and beyond. Just 30, he has already gained many markers of distinction, including the European Mathematical Society Prize, the Ramanujan Prize and the Whitehead Prize. He will be an invited speaker at the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018. He also holds a Clay Research Fellowship (2013-18), the most prestigious early career position in world mathematics.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Dominic Vella wins Philip Leverhulme Prize

Oxford Mathematician Dominic Vella has won one of this year's prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prizes. The award recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Dominic's research is concerned with various aspects of solid and fluid mechanics in general but with particular focus on the wrinkling of thin elastic objects and surface tension effects. You can see him discussing his work here.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Per-Gunnar Martinsson awarded the 2017 Germund Dahlquist Prize

Oxford Mathematician Per-Gunnar Martinsson has been awarded the 2017 Germund Dahlquist Prize by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The Germund Dahlquist Prize is awarded for original contributions to fields associated with Germund Dahlquist, especially the numerical solution of differential equations and numerical methods for scientific computing.

The prize honors Martinsson for fundamental contributions to numerical analysis and scientific computing that are making a significant impact in data science applications. Specific contributions include his development of linear time algorithms for dense matrix operations related to multidimensional elliptic PDEs and integral equations; and he has made deep and innovative contributions to the development of probabilistic algorithms for the rapid solution of certain classes of large-scale linear algebra problems. 
 
Per-Gunnar is currently Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Oxford. Hear more from him in this Q & A.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Oxford Mathematician Ulrike Tillmann elected to Royal Society Council

Oxford Mathematician Ulrike Tillmann FRS has been elected a member of the Council of the Royal Society. The Council consists of between 20 and 24 Fellows and is chaired by the President.

Founded in the 1660s, the Royal Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. The Royal Society's motto 'Nullius in verba' is taken to mean 'take nobody's word for it'. 

Ulrike specialises in algebraic topology and has made important contributions to the study of the moduli space of algebraic curves.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NIck Trefethen wins George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

Ocford Mathematician Nick Trefethen FRS has been awarded the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) "for the exceptionally well-expressed accumulated insights found in his books, papers, essays, and talks... His enthusiastic approach to his subject, his leadership, and his delight at the enlightenment achieved are unique and inspirational, motivating others to learn and do applied mathematics through the practical combination of deep analysis and algorithmic dexterity."

Nick is Professor of Numerical Analysis and Head of the Numerical Analysis Group here in Oxford. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Oxford Mathematicians win outstanding certificate as part of the new IIF Tao Hong Award

Oxford Mathematicians Stephen Haben and Peter Grindrod and colleagues have won an outstanding certificate as part of the new IIF Tao Hong Award for papers in energy forecasting published in the International Journal of Forecasting.

The paper, 'A new error measure for forecasts of household-level, high resolution electrical energy consumption,' provides high-quality verification tools for load forecasts, which are essential in managing power systems. This is particularly helpful for work on demand profiling in the residential sector, where the temporal resolution of data has increased rapidly in recent years.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Alex Wilkie and Alison Etheridge win LMS Prizes

Congratulations to the Oxford Mathematicians who have just been awarded LMS prizes. Alex Wilkie receives the Pólya Prize for his profound contributions to model theory and to its connections with real analytic geometry and Alison Etheridge receives the Senior Anne Bennett Prize in recognition of her outstanding research on measure-valued stochastic processes and applications to population biology; and for her impressive leadership and service to the profession.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Oxford Mathematician Alison Etheridge awarded an OBE

Oxford Mathematician Alison Etheridge FRS has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Science. Alison is Professor of Probability in Oxford and will take up the Presidency of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in August 2017.

Alison's research has a particular focus on mathematical models of population genetics, where she has been involved in efforts to understand the effects of spatial structure of populations on their patterns of genetic variation. She recently gave an Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture on the mathematical modelling of genes.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ruth Baker and Alex Scott awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowships

Oxford Mathematicians Ruth Baker and Alex Scott have been awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowships. Ruth, a mathematical biologist, has been given her award to further her research in to efficient computational methods for testing biological hypotheses while Alex, who works in the areas of combinatorics, probability, and algorithms, will be working on interactions between local and global graph structure.

The Leverhume Research Fellowships are given to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Andrew Wiles awarded the Royal Society's Copley Medal

Oxford Mathematics's Professor Andrew Wiles has been awarded the Copley Medal, the Royal Society's oldest and most prestigious award. The medal is awarded annually for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science and alternates between the physical and biological sciences.

Andrew Wiles is one of the world's foremost mathematicians. His proof of Fermat's Last Theorem in the 1990s catapulted him to unexpected fame as both the mathematical and the wider world were gripped by the solving of a 300 year-old mystery. In 1637 Fermat had stated that there are no whole number solutions to the equation $x^n + y^n = z^n$ when n is greater than 2, unless xyz=0. Fermat went on to claim that he had found a proof for the theorem, but said that the margin of the text he was making notes on was not wide enough to contain it. 

After seven years of intense study in private at Princeton University, Andrew announced he had found a proof in 1993, combining three complex mathematical fields – modular forms, elliptic curves and Galois representations. However, he had not only solved the long-standing puzzle of the Theorem, but in doing so had created entirely new directions in mathematics, which have proved invaluable to other scientists in the years since his discovery. 

Educated at Merton College, Oxford and Clare College, Cambridge, where he was supervised by John Coates, Andrew made brief visits to Bonn and Paris before in 1982 he became a professor at Princeton University, where he stayed for nearly 30 years. In 2011 he moved to Oxford as a Royal Society Research Professor. Andrew has won many prizes including, in 2016, the Abel Prize, the Nobel Prize of mathematics. He is an active member of the research community at Oxford, where he is a member of the eminent number theory research group. In his current research he is developing new ideas in the context of the Langlands Program, a set of far-reaching conjectures connecting number theory to algebraic geometry and the theory of automorphic forms.
 

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