The Adams Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes awarded by the University of Cambridge.[1] It is awarded each year by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and St John's College to a UK-based mathematician for distinguished research in the Mathematical Sciences.

The prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams. It was endowed by members of St John's College and was approved by the senate of the university in 1848 to commemorate Adams' controversial role in the discovery of the planet Neptune. Originally open only to Cambridge graduates, the current stipulation is that the mathematician must reside in the UK and must be under forty years of age. Each year applications are invited from mathematicians who have worked in a specific area of mathematics. As of 2012 the Adams Prize is worth approximately £14,000.[2] The prize is awarded in three parts. The first third is paid directly to the candidate; another third is paid to the candidate's institution to fund research expenses; and the final third is paid on publication of a survey paper in the winner's field in a major mathematics journal.

The prize has been awarded to many well known mathematicians, including James Clerk Maxwell and Sir William Hodge. The first time it was awarded to a female mathematician was in 2002 when it was awarded to Susan Howson, then a lecturer at the University of Nottingham for her work on number theory and elliptic curves.

Subject area

2014-15: "Algebraic Geometry"
2015-16: "Applied Analysis".[3]
2016-17: "Statistical Analysis of Big Data".[4]
2017-18: “The Mathematics of Astronomy and Cosmology” [5]
2018-19: “The Mathematics of Networks” [6]

List of prize winners

There does not currently seem to be an official list of prize winners, and the following partial list is compiled from internet sources:

1850 Robert Peirson
1857 James Clerk Maxwell, on the stability of the motion of Saturn's rings[7]
1865 Edward Walker
1871 Isaac Todhunter
1877 Edward Routh
1883 J. J. Thomson
1893 John Henry Poynting
1899 Joseph Larmor and Gilbert Walker
1901 Hector Munro MacDonald
1907 Ernest William Brown
1909 George Adolphus Schott
1911 A. E. H. Love, on some problems of Geodynamics [8]
1913 Samuel McLaren and John William Nicholson
1915 Geoffrey Ingram Taylor, on the Turbulent motion in Fluids
1917 James Hopwood Jeans, on the course of configurations possible for a rotating and gravitating fluid mass [9]
1919 John William Nicholson
1921 William Mitchinson Hicks
1922 Joseph Proudman
1924 Ralph H. Fowler
1926 Harold Jeffreys
1928 Sydney Chapman
1930 Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch
1932 Alan Herries Wilson
1934 Sydney Goldstein
1936 W. V. D. Hodge
1940 Harold Davenport
1942 Homi J. Bhabha
1947 Desmond B. Sawyer[10]
1948 John Charles Burkill, Subrahmanyan Chandresekhar, Walter Hayman and John Macnaghten Whittaker
1950 George Batchelor, William Reginald Dean and Leslie Howarth
1952 Bernhard Neumann
1955 Harold Gordon Eggleston
1958 Paul Taunton Matthews, Abdus Salam and John G. Taylor
1960 V. S. Huzurbazar and Walter L. Smith
1962 John Robert Ringrose
1964 James G. Oldroyd and Owen Martin Phillips[11]
1966 Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose[12]
1967 Jayant Narlikar[13]
1970 Robert Burridge, Leslie John Walpole and John Raymond Willis
1972 Alan Baker, Christopher Hooley, Hugh Lowell Montgomery
1974 John Fitch and David Barton
1976 Tim Pedley
1978 AI Mees
1980 Michael E. McIntyre and Brian Leslie Norman Kennett[14]
1982 Dan Segal, Martin J. Taylor, Gordon James, Steve Donkin and Aidan Schofield
1984 Bernard J. Carr [15]
1986 Brian D. Ripley
1992 Paul Glendinning
2001 Sandu Popescu[16]
2002 Susan Howson, for her research on number theory and elliptic curves[17]
2003 David Hobson[18]
2004 Dominic Joyce[19]
2005 Mihalis Dafermos and David Stuart
2006 Jonathan Sherratt[20]
2007 Paul Fearnhead
2008 Tom Bridgeland and David Tong[21]
2009 Raphaël Rouquier for contributions to representation theory[22]
2010 Jacques Vanneste[23]
2011 Harald Helfgott and Tom Sanders[24]
2012 Sheehan Olver and Françoise Tisseur for contributions to computational mathematics[25]
2013 Ivan Smith
2014 not awarded
2015 Arend Bayer and Thomas Coates[26]
2016 Clément Mouhot[27]
2017 Graham Cormode and Richard Samworth[28]
2018 Claudia de Rham and Gustav Holzegel, both of Imperial College, London. [5]
2019 Heather Harrington (University of Oxford) and Luitgard Veraart (LSE) [6]
2020 Konstantin Ardakov (University of Oxford) and Michael Wemyss (University of Glasgow)[29]

See also

List of mathematics awards

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