SMS scnews item created by Neville Weber at Fri 24 Feb 2012 0948
Type: Announce
Distribution: World
Expiry: 23 Mar 2012
Auth: neville@bari.maths.usyd.edu.au

Adams Prize

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 Riemann–Hilbert
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."


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