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Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture

Through the generosity and inspiration of Gerald and Judith Porter, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and SIAM offer this annual lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The lecture, first awarded in 2010, is given on a mathematical topic accessible to the broader community.

Prize Description


Prize Description

The Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture is given every year at the Joint Mathematics Meetings on a mathematical topic accessible to the broader community. The Porter Public Lecture series is offered jointly by the MAA, AMS, and SIAM.

The Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture Series was established through the generosity and inspiration of Gerald and Judith Porter. Gerald Porter is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and has served the MAA as Treasurer, as a member of the Board of Governors for 22 years, and as a member and chair of numerous committees. Judith Porter is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. Her research focuses on the relationship between AIDS and addiction. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission of the City of Philadelphia.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are determined and the recipient is selected by the Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture Committee.

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2019 lecturer, Cathy O'Neil! Learn more at the AMS website.

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About the Award


About the Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture


This lecture, on a mathematical topic accessible to the broader community, is given each year at the Joint Mathematics Meetings. It is through the generosity and inspiration of Gerald and Judith Porter that MAA, AMS, and SIAM offer this series of annual lectures.

Award Date

The Gerald and Judith Porter Lecture will next be awarded in January 2020 at the Joint Math Meetings.


Award Presentation

The announcement of the award will be in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.

Prize History



Prize History

2019 Cathy O'Neil
2018 Moon Duchin
2017 Ingrid Daubechies
2016 Jennifer Chayes
2015 Donald Saari
2014 Eitan Grinspun
2013 Kenneth M. Golden
2012 Erik D. Demaine
2011 Robert J. Lang
2010 Steven H. Strogatz

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