W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics
The W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics (hereinafter called "prize") is awarded for research in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory. Each prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements.
The W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize Committee (hereinafter called "committee") shall consist of five members selected from the scientific community. Mrs. Idalia Reid shall name an individual who has contributed to at least one of the above mentioned research areas as the Initial Prize Committee Coordinator. This person together with the president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) shall select the members of the initial committee.
The initial committee shall contain two members in the area of differential equations and two members in the area of control theory. The terms for the members of the initial committee shall be as follows: differential equations representatives, one four-year term and one two-year term; control theory representatives, one three-year term and one one-year term. The fifth member and chairman of the initial committee shall be the Initial Prize Committee Coordinator. This person shall serve a five-year term. The initial committee shall be selected at least one year prior to the awarding of the initial prize.
Each year, one new member of the committee shall be selected by the president of SIAM to serve a five-year term. This new member must be selected so that the new committee has at least two members representing each of the above research areas (i.e. differential equations and control theory). Each committee member must represent at least one of the stated research areas. The committee shall determine its own rules of operation with the exception of those rules specified herein. If, for any reason, a committee member is unable to complete his/her term, the president of SIAM shall appoint an individual to serve for the remaining portion of that term. Past prize winners should be considered for committee membership.
The prize can be awarded to any member of the scientific community who meets the general guidelines of the prize description.
The committee shall solicit nominations from the scientific community. A call for nominations shall appear in SIAM News and other similar scientific periodicals. The chairman of the committee shall determine the information on each nominee that is required to accompany the nomination. All nominations must be submitted to SIAM seven months prior to the awarding of the prize.
Each year, the committee shall select six individuals from the scientific community, three in the area of differential equations and three in the area of control theory, to assist the committee in the initial screening of the nominees. These six individuals, together with the five committee members, shall form the Prize Panel. The chairman of the committee shall determine the procedure for the selection of the six additional panel members. This panel shall be formed at least eleven months prior to awarding the prize. Once SIAM is notified of the additional panel members, SIAM shall forward to each panel member all information collected on each nominee. Six months prior to the award, each panel member shall notify the committee chairman of his/her rank order of the top three candidates.
The chairman of the committee shall call a meeting of the committee at least four months prior to the awarding of the prize. The date and place of this meeting shall be determined by the chairman. It is suggested that this meeting coincide with an appropriate meeting of SIAM. Each member of the committee shall be given the results of the Prize Panel's rank ordering of the nominees. After reviewing all appropriate information, the committee shall report to the president of SIAM the name of the prize winner, with documentation (in writing) indicating the basis for the selection of the prize winner to provide an appropriate citation.
Notification of Award
The president of SIAM shall notify the prize winner within ten days of the committee's decision and request a lecture as part of the prize ceremony.
Prize Award Date
The prize is given each year at the annual meeting of SIAM.
Description of the Award
A suitable engraved medal shall be awarded to each prize winner.
The Prize Fund
The prize fund shall be established by Mrs. Reid and her legal advisor.
The Award Presentation
The chairman of the committee shall announce the prize winner, read a prepared citation for the winner, and present him/her to the president of SIAM. The president of SIAM shall present the Reid Medal and cash prize to the winner.
Announcements of the award shall be in SIAM News and in other appropriate scientific periodicals.
- 1994 Wendell H. Fleming
- 1996 Roger W. Brockett
- 1998 Jacques-Louis Lions
- 2000 Constantine M. Dafermos
- 2001 Eduardo D. Sontag
- 2002 H. Thomas Banks
- 2003 Harold J. Kushner
- 2004 Arthur J. Krener
- 2005 Christopher I. Byrnes
- 2006 Peter E. Kloeden
- 2007 Héctor J. Sussmann
- 2008 Max Gunzburger (Numerical Methods for Two Geophysical Flow Problems)
- 2009 Anders Lindquist (The Moment Problem for Positive Rational Measures: Convexity in the Spirit of Krein)
- 2010 John A. Burns (William T. and Idalia Reid: His Mathematics and Her Mathematical Family)
- 2011 Irena Lasiecka
- 2012 Ruth F. Curtain (Large Algebraic Properties of Riccati Equations)
- 2013 Tyrone Duncan (Solvability for Stochastic Control Problems)
- 2014 Alain Bensoussan (On the Master Equation in Mean Field Theory)
Changes to Specifications
Approved by the SIAM Council on June 23, 1985 and the SIAM Board of Trustees on June 27, 1985. No changes may be made to these specifications.
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