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.
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.
The prize may be awarded to multiple individuals but only for contributions to their collaborative work.
Congratulations to the 2022 recipients, Antti Kupiainen, Rémi Rhodes, and Vincent Vargas! Read more about their accomplishments.
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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.
The prize will next be awarded at the 2026 SIAM Annual Meeting.
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 2022 George Pólya Prize in Mathematics is awarded to Kupiainen, Rhodes and Vargas for a rigorous justification of the DOZZ formula for three-point structure constants in Liouville Conformal Field Theory.
Edward Saff (Chair) Wolfgang Dahmen Alicia Dickenstein Arno Kuijlaars Kavita Ramanan
The 2014 George Pólya Prize is awarded to Adam Marcus, Daniel A. Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava for the introduction and development of the method of interlacing polynomials, and for its use in the solution of the Kadison-Singer problem.
John Gilbert (Chair) George Andrews Emmanuel Candes Yuval Peres Bernd Sturmfels
Charles K. Chui (Chair) Henry Cohn Thomas G. Kurtz Tom Lyche S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
Peter D. Lax (Chair) George Andrews Carl de Boor Jean Taylor Craig Tracy
Percy Deift (Chair) Ronald Graham Martin Gutknecht Andrew Odlyzko
1998 Percy Deift and Xin Zhou; and Peter Sarnak1994 Gregory Chudnovsky and Harry Kesten
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