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George David Birkhoff Prize

Established in 1967, the prize honors George David Birkhoff (1884-1944), who served as the American Mathematical Society (AMS) President during 1925-1926. The prize is awarded every three years by SIAM and AMS for an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics. Nominations can be submitted via the AMS website.

Call for Nominations Opens March 1, 2020

Prize Description


Prize Description

The George David Birkhoff Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense. The prize is administered by AMS and awarded jointly by SIAM and AMS.


Eligibility Criteria

A candidate must be a member of AMS or SIAM.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • CV of the candidate
  • Proposed citation (up to 50 words)

Prize Details

Prize Details

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About the Award


About the George David Birkhoff Prize


The George David Birkhoff Prize includes a $5,000 monetary award and a certificate containing the citation.

Award Date

The George David Birkhoff Prize will next be awarded in January 2021 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.


Award Presentation

The award is presented at the Prize Session and Reception during the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The initial funds for the prize were donated by the Birkhoff family. The funds are held and managed by the AMS.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Michael C. Reed (Chair)
Andrea Bertozzi
Kenneth Golden

Selection Committee

Russel Caflisch
Bjorn E. Enquist
Avi Wigderson

Selection Committee

James Sethian (Chair)
Andrew J. Majda
Michael S. Waterman

Selection Committee

Peter W. Jones (Chair)
George C. Papanicolaou
Terence C. Tao

Selection Committee

Gunther Uhlmann (Chair)
Barbara L. Keyfitz
Charles S. Peskin

Selection Committee

Donald G. Saari (Chair)
Douglas N. Arnold
Paul H. Rabinowitz

Selection Committee

Ivo M. Babuska
Jurgen Moser
Srinivasa Varadhan

1994 Ivo Babuska and S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
1988 Elliot Lieb
1983 Paul R. Garabedian
1978 Garrett Birkhoff, Mark Kac, and Clifford A. Truesdell
1973 Fritz John and James Serrin
1968 Jurgen Moser

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