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James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Established in 1979 in honor of James H. Wilkinson, the prize is awarded to an individual in their early career for recent contributions to numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Next Call for Nominations Opens May 1, 2020

Prize Description


Prize Description

The James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing is awarded every four years to one individual for research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award year. The purpose of the prize is to stimulate early career contributors and to help them in their careers.


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must have no more than 12 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 qualifying contribution must have been published within the six years preceding the award year.

For the 2021 award, the candidate must have received their PhD no earlier than January 1, 2009. The qualifying contribution must have been published within the calendar years 2015 – 2020.


Required Materials

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

Winner Announcement

Congratulations, Lek-Heng Lim!

We're proud to award Lek-Heng Lim, University of Chicago, with this prize in 2017. The award recognizes Professor Lim for his contributions to multilinear algebra, spectral theory for tensors, and high dimensional data analysis.

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Prize Details

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About the Award


About the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing


The James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing includes a $2,000 monetary award and a certificate. A lecture is requested and will be publicized in meeting announcements. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

Award Date

The James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing will next be given at the 2021 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.

Prize History



Prize History

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Selection Committee

Chen Greif (Chair)
Assyr Abdulle
Padma Raghavan

Selection Committee

Douglas N. Arnold (Chair)
Michael Overton
Robert Russell

Selection Committee

Howard Elman (Chair)
Richard S. Falk
Michael Heath

Selection Committee

Thomas Y. Hou (Chair)
Clint Dawson
Howard Elman

Selection Committee

Andrew M. Stuart (Chair)
Marsha Berger
Henk van der Vorst

Selection Committee

James Demmel (Chair)
William Morton
Dianne P. O'Leary

1993 James Demmel
1989 Paul Van Dooren
1985 Charles S. Peskin
1982 Bjorn Engquist

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