The American Mathematical Society (AMS) announced the 2014 awards for outstanding achievement in mathematical research. The prizes will be presented on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore.
Phillip A. Griffiths, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, was awarded the Leory P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement, one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. Griffiths is honored for his deep and wide-ranging contributions to the field, including his work in algebraic geometry and fundamental contributions to differential geometry and differential equations. Alexander Kontorovich, a current Member in the School of Mathematics, was awarded the Levi L. Conant Prize, which recognizes the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS. Kontorovich is honored for his article "From Apollonius to Zaremba: Local-global phenomena in thin orbits" (Bulletin of the AMS, 2013). Additionally, Luis Caffarelli, former Professor in the School of Mathematics (1986-96) and former Member (2009), along with Louis Nirenberg former Member (1958, 1979-80), and Robert Kohn were awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research for their landmark paper "Partial regularity of suitable weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations" (Communications Pure and Applied Mathematics, 1982).
The work of additional former Members of the School of Mathematics at the Institute were acknowledged with other awards, including the Joseph L. Doob Prize, given to Cédric Villani (2008-09) for his book Optimal Transport: Old and New (Springer-Verlag, 2009); the Award for Distinguished Public Service, presented to Philip Kutzko (1979, 1988-89); and the Memorial Bôcher Prize, awarded to Simon Brendle (2002-03) for his outstanding solutions of long-standing problems in geometric analysis. Additionally, former Members Daniel Goldston (1982-83, 1990), János Pintz (1990-91, 2009), and Cem Yildirim (2009) received the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory for their work on "small gaps" between prime numbers, which is presented in their paper "Primes in tuples. I" (Annals of Mathematics, 2009). Additionally, the Leonard Eisenbud Prize was awarded to Gregory W. Moore, former Member (1986-89, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2012) in School of Natural Sciences, for work that brings mathematics and physics closer together.