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Gábor Szegö Prize

Established in 2011, the prize honors Gábor Szegö, a foremost mathematical analyst. It is awarded to one individual in their early career for outstanding research contributions in the area of orthogonal polynomials and special functions, as evidenced in publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Prize Description


Prize Description

The SIAM Activity Group on Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions (SIAG/OPSF) awards the Gábor Szegö Prize every two years to one individual in their early career for outstanding research contributions in the area of orthogonal polynomials and special functions.


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have no more than 10 years (full time equivalent) of involvement in mathematics since receiving their PhD at the award date, allowing for breaks in continuity. The prize committee can make exceptions, if in their opinion the candidate is at an equivalent stage in their career.

The candidate’s work must contain significant research contributions in the area of orthogonal polynomials and special functions. One key paper must be cited as evidencing the contributions, though a body of papers may be discussed in the nomination. The qualifying key paper must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal.

For the 2021 award, the candidate must have received their PhD no earlier than January 1, 2011.


Required Materials

  • Letter of nomination signed by two current members of the SIAG/OPSF
  • Candidate's CV
  • Bibliographic citation for candidate’s key contributing paper

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2019 winner, Thomas Bothner, who received the award at OPSFA 2019 in Hagenberg, Austria. Learn more about his accomplishments.

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About the Award


About the Gábor Szegö Prize


The Gábor Szegö Prize includes a certificate containing the citation. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a plenary lecture at the International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions, and Applications (OPSFA). SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in giving the lecture. The OPSFA conference will waive the conference registration fee and cover local accommodation costs.

Award Date

The prize will next be awarded in 2021 at the International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions, and Applications.


Award Presentation

The award will be presented at the International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions, and Applications. The announcement of the award will be in SIAM News.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Kerstin Jordaan (Chair)
Andrei Martinez-Finkelshtein
Adri Olde Daalhuis
Yuan Xu

Selection Committee

Walter Van Assche (Chair)
Peter Clarkson
Charles Dunkl
Jeffrey S. Geronimo
Kerstin Jordaan

Selection Committee

Francisco Marcellán (Chair)
Kathy Driver
Charles Dunkl
Tom H. Koornwinder
Walter Van Assche

Selection Committee

Francisco Marcellan (Chair)
Richard Askey
Kathy Driver
Tom H. Koornwinder
Roderick S. C. Wong

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