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Martin Kruskal Lecture

The prize was established in 2011 to honor Martin David Kruskal for his many fundamental contributions, particularly the discovery and theory of solitons. It is awarded to one individual for a significant contribution to the mathematical theory of nonlinear waves and coherent structures.

Next Call for Nominations Opens May 1, 2019

Prize Description


Prize Description

The SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (SIAG/NWCS) awards the Martin Kruskal Lecture every two years to one individual for a notable body of mathematics and contributions in the field of nonlinear waves and coherent structures. The award may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate’s work must be a significant research contribution to the mathematical theory of nonlinear waves and coherent structures. This research area is broadly interpreted in the spirit of the SIAG/NWCS conferences.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • Candidate's CV
  • Two or three letters of support from experts in the field

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Michael I. Weinstein, who accepted the 2018 Martin Kruskal Lecture at the SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures in Orange, California, U.S.



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About the Award


About the Martin Kruskal Lecture


The Martin Kruskal Lecture includes a certificate containing the award citation. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the SIAM conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in giving the lecture.

Award Date

The prize will next be awarded in August 2020 at the SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures.


Award Presentation

The Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures will present the award at the conference. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Alejandro Aceves (Chair)
Anna Ghazaryan
Roy Goodman
Christopher K.R.T. Jones
Constance Schober

Selection Committee

Mariana Haragus (Chair)
Mark Ablowitz
Alejandro Aceves
Peter Miller
Robert Pego

Selection Committee

Thomas J. Bridges (Chair)
Mariana Haragus
Colin McKinstrie
Alan C. Newell
Michael I. Weinstein

Selection Committee

Thomas J. Bridges (Chair)
William L. Kath
Joceline Lega
Peter D. Miller
Bjorn Sandstede

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