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George Pólya Prize in Mathematics

The George Pólya Prize in Mathematics was established in 1992 as an extension into other fields of the George Pólya Prize in Combinatorics. It is awarded in areas of interest to George Pólya not covered by SIAM’s other Pólya Prizes.

Next Call for Nominations Opens May 1, 2021

Prize Description


Prize Description

The George Pólya Prize in Mathematics is awarded every four years for a significant contribution, as evidenced by a refereed publication, in an area of mathematics of interest to George Pólya not covered by the George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics or the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition.

Such areas may include approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, and mathematical discovery and learning. The prize is broadly intended to recognize specific recent work.


Eligibility Criteria

One key paper must be cited as evidence of the contribution, though a body of papers may be discussed in the nomination.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate(s)
  • CV(s) of candidate(s)
  • Bibliographic citation of key contributing paper
  • Two or three letters of support from experts in the field

Prize Details

Prize Details

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About the Award


About the George Pólya Prize in Mathematics


The George Pólya Prize in Mathematics includes an engraved medal and a monetary award that totals $10,000 for all winners. If more than one person receives the prize, the monetary award will be divided equally among the recipients. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The prize will not be awarded in 2018; the next prize will be awarded in July 2022 at the SIAM Annual Meeting.


Award Presentation

The prize will be presented by the SIAM President at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.


Award Fund

The initial funds for this prize were contributed by the estate of Stella V. Pólya.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

John Gilbert (Chair)
George Andrews
Emmanuel Candes
Yuval Peres
Bernd Sturmfels

Selection Committee

Charles K. Chui (Chair)
Henry Cohn
Thomas G. Kurtz
Tom Lyche
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan

Selection Committee

Peter D. Lax (Chair)
George Andrews
Carl de Boor
Jean Taylor
Craig Tracy

Selection Committee

Percy Deift (Chair)
Ronald Graham
Martin Gutknecht
Andrew Odlyzko

1998 Percy Deift and Xin Zhou; and Peter Sarnak
1994 Gregory Chudnovsky and Harry Kesten

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