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.
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.
A candidate must be a member of AMS or SIAM.
Congratulations go to Gunther Uhlmann of University of Washington, the 2021 winner!
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The George David Birkhoff Prize includes a $5,000 monetary award and a certificate containing the citation.
The George David Birkhoff Prize will next be awarded in January 2024 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.
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.
The initial funds for the prize were donated by the Birkhoff family. The funds are held and managed by the AMS.
The 2021 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Gunther Uhlmann for his fundamental and insightful contributions to inverse problems and partial differential equations, as well as for his incisive work on boundary rigidity, microlocal analysis and cloaking.
Irene Gamba (Chair) Douglas Arnold Aaron Fogelson
The 2018 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Bernd Sturmfels for his instrumental role in creating the field of applied algebraic geometry.
Michael C. Reed (Chair) Andrea Bertozzi Kenneth Golden
The 2015 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Emmanuel Candès for his work on compressed sensing that has revolutionized signal processing and medical imaging and his related work on computational harmonic analysis, statistics and scientific computing.
Russel Caflisch Bjorn E. Enquist Avi Wigderson
The 2012 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Bjorn Engquist for his contributions to a wide range of powerful computational methods over more than three decades.
James Sethian (Chair) Andrew J. Majda Michael S. Waterman
Peter W. Jones (Chair) George C. Papanicolaou Terence C. Tao
Gunther Uhlmann (Chair) Barbara L. Keyfitz Charles S. Peskin
Donald G. Saari (Chair) Douglas N. Arnold Paul H. Rabinowitz
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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