The George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition, established in 2013, is awarded every two years to an outstanding expositor of the mathematical sciences. The prize may be awarded for a specific work or for the cumulative impact of multiple expository works that communicate mathematics effectively. Following Pólya’s example, the nature of the work may range from popular accounts of mathematics and mathematical discovery to pedagogy to systematic organization of mathematical knowledge.

The prize may be awarded to multiple individuals but only for contributions to their collaborative work.

- Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
- Candidate’s CV
- Two or three letters of support from experts in the field

University of Delaware

The Boeing Company

Padma Raghavan

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Robert Scheichl

University of Heidelberg

University of Heidelberg

Mahamadi Warma

George Mason University

George Mason University

The George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition 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 one recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.

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.

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

The 2021 George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded to Nicholas J. Higham for the crisp clarity, elegance, and accessibility of his mathematical and popular exposition on a broad range of topics in applied mathematics.

Nilima Nigam (Chair)

Andrew Bernoff

Christopher Budd

Anne Greenbaum

Shawn W. Walker

The 2019 George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded to Steven Strogatz for his extensive and brilliant works conveying the fascination and the impact of mathematics to the general public through numerous books, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio, television, web, and video appearances, and for his important and influential textbook on nonlinear dynamics and chaos.

Douglas Arnold (Chair)

Daniela Calvetti

Timothy Chartier

Zdenek Strakos

Pauline van den Driessche

The 2017 George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded to Nick Trefethen for the exceptionally well-expressed accumulated insights found in his books, papers, essays, and talks... His enthusiastic approach to his subject, his leadership, and his delight at the enlightenment achieved are unique and inspirational, motivating others to learn and do applied mathematics through the practical combination of deep analysis and algorithmic dexterity.

Robert O’Malley (Chair)

Arieh Iserles

Amy Langville

Peter Olver

Ferdinand Verhulst

The 2015 George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded to Gerhard Wanner primarily for the five very readable books that he has co-authored. They display deep mathematics, presented with elegance, enthusiasm, wit, scholarship, and much history. These books have uniquely delineated numerical ODEs (especially stiff equations) and geometric integration and created an historical perspective for the teaching and understanding of analysis and geometry.

Robert O’Malley (Chair)

Philip Holmes

Ilse Ipsen

Arieh Iserles

David Watkins