Congratulations to Sheehan Olver on being awarded the 2011-12 Adams Prize. The prize will be shared with Dr Françoise Tisseur of the University of Manchester. The Adams Prize is awarded each year by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and St John’s College to a young, UK based mathematician under the age of 40 for first-class international research in the Mathematical Sciences. The Prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams. It was established in 1848 to commemorate Adams’ discovery of the planet Neptune. The citation states: "Dr Olver has been a driving force behind a new methodology using the RiemannHilbert transform in the computation of Painlevé equations and problems originating in random matrix theory. Addressing exceedingly difficult challenges, he developed and analysed algorithms of great efficacy and profound mathematical beauty. His work is setting the standard in an important new area of computational mathematics, with a wide range of applications, from number theory to theoretical physics."