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Emeritus Professor Joe Keller was one of the nine people who received honorary degrees at Columbia University's Commencement Ceremony.


Emmanuel Candès was one of the two Stanford professors elected as new members to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of their achievements in original research.


Emmanuel Candès was one of the 11 Stanford professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies and a leading center for independent policy research.



Simon Brendle has been awarded the 2014 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Maxime Bôcher Memorial Prize.

“The Bôcher Prize is awarded for a notable paper in analysis published during the preceding six years. Prizes are currently given every three years.

The 2014 Bôcher Prize was awarded to Simon for his outstanding solutions of long-standing problems in geometric analysis, including the solution with R. Schoen of the differentiable sphere theorem (JAMS 22 2009) and the solution of the Lawson conjecture (to appear Acta Mathematica 2013). Brendle is also recognized for his deep contributions to the study of the Yamabe equation.”

Simon will receive his prize in January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore.

Yasha Eliashberg and Helmut Hofer were awarded the 2013 Hopf Prize for their outstanding contributions to symplectic geometry and related fields.

The Hopf Prize, first given in 2009, is awarded by the ETH in Zürich every two years. Previous winners were Michael Rapaport (2009) and Robert Macpherson (2011).


Emmanuel Candès has been awarded the Heineman Prize of the Academy of Sciences at Göttingen.

The prize has been given every two years since 1961 by the Academy to a researcher who recently published excellent work, originating new developments in science. This is an international prize typically awarded to a researcher in the natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology), though it can also recognize work in the humanities.


Rafe Mazzeo and Ravi Vakil have been appointed as Bass University Fellows this year (in Ravi's case, it's a reappointment).

“Established in 2001, the Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education Program recognizes faculty, including faculty from the graduate and professional schools, for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education.

“The program was named in honor of Anne T. (MLA ’07) and Robert M. (MBA ’74) Bass, who provided matching funds to launch it. Once a faculty member rotates out of an individual fellow appointment, he or she becomes a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education in perpetuity.” (source: Stanford Report).

Zhiwei Yun has won one of the 16 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering that were awarded this year

Packard Fellows must be faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering, and must be within the first three years of their faculty careers. Disciplines that are considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering.

Each 2013 Fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue their research.

More about the Packard Fellowship can be found here.


Emmanuel Candès and Maryam Mirzakhani have been invited as Plenary Speakers and Sourav Chatterjee, Søren Galatius, and András Vasy have been invited as Section Speakers at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014 (Seoul, Korea).


Along with other PI members of ICME, George Papanicolaou receives a second PSAAP award National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).


Lexing Ying has been awarded SIAM's James Wilkinson Prize in scientific computing. This prize is awarded every four years for research in numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award.The purpose of the prize is to stimulate early career contributors and to help them in their careers. The prize selection committee recognized his contributions in “the design of fast and accurate numerical algorithms for fundamental problems in scientific computing.”

Lexing will receive his prize on July 9, during the Annual SIAM meetings.


Corey Stein, who was a student in MATH 171 spring 2012, has been awarded a Hoefer Prize for the Writing in the Major (WIM) paper presented in that course. The title of the paper was “Defining the Riemann Integral and the Lebesgue Integral Through Abstract Metric Space Techniques.”

András Vasy, who designed the project, was the instructor for course and Otis Chodosh was the TA. Both are being recognized for their “...important role in fostering writing excellence among students in Mathematics and Math and Computational Sciences.”

Maryam Mirzakhani and Kannan Soundararjan have been named Simons Investigators in Mathematics.

These prestigious awards (only four were given this year in Mathematics) are given yearly by the Simons Foundation and provide $100K per year for 5–10 years to support the research of the investigators. More information can be found here.


The Stanford Daily reports on Ravi Fernando and his viral Internet fame.


Stanford Report article on postdoc Nancy Rodriguez’ work in mathematical modeling of crime.


Maryam Mirzakhani has received the 2013 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize. Presented every two years, the Satter Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to mathematics research by a woman in the preceding five years. Maryam is being honored for “her deep contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.”

The prize was awarded on Thursday, January 10th at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. Details can be found here.

The same day, Persi Diaconis, along with his co-author Ron Graham, received the MAA’s 2013 Euler Book Prize for the book Magical Mathematics: the Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks. The Euler Book Prize is awarded to annually to an author or authors of an outstanding book about mathematics, and is intended to recognize well-written books with a positive impact on the public’s view of mathematics.

More on the MAA Euler Book Prize can be found here.



On December 22, our new colleague, Zhiwei Yun, received the 2012 Sastra Ramanujan Prize, given annually for outstanding contributions by very young mathematicians to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Zhiwei is being awarded this prize for his “fundamental contributions to several areas that lie at the interface of representation theory, algebraic geometry and number theory.”

The full citation can be found here.


Joseph Keller, professor emeritus of mathematics and mechanical engineering, awarded the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics. He also retroactively received the 1999 physics prize.


On August 19th, at the opening ceremony of the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in Berlin, Professor Emmanuel Candès (with co-recipient Benjamin Recht) received the Lagrange Prize in optimization, awarded every three years jointly, by the Mathematical Optimization Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for outstanding work in the area of continuous optimization. Professors Candès and Recht were honored for their paper, “Exact Matrix Completion via Convex Optimization”.

More information about the Lagrange prize can be found here.


Professor Simon Brendle wins the European Mathematical Society award at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics.


Kannan Soundararajan has received the 2011 Ostrowski Prize, awarded every two years to “a mathematician or group of mathematicians who have produced the best result in the field of pure mathematics or in the foundations of numerical mathematics.”


Professor Kannan Soundararajan wins the 2011 Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences

Professor Emmanuel Candès appointed inaugural holder of the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics


Persi Diaconis was awarded the Conant Prize for 2012 for his paper, “The Markov chain Monte Carlo revolution.”

The prize was awarded on Thursday, January 5th, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston. Information about the award can be found here.



Robert Osserman, noted Stanford mathematician, dies at 84; to be remembered at April 20–21 gathering


Professor Kannan Soundararajan wins the 2011 Infosys Prize in Mathematical Sciences


Interviews with Persi Diaconis celebrating the release of his book Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks


School of Humanities and Sciences profile of Szegö Assistant Professor Melanie Matchett Wood



Kai Lai Chung, emeritus math professor, dies at 91; to be remembered at Nov. 6 gathering



Stanford to help new Saudi university in applied math, computer science



Sam Karlin, mathematician who improved DNA analysis, dies at 83


Paul Cohen, emeritus professor and winner of world's top math prize, dies at 72

New interdisciplinary graduate-level course explores mathematics of the brain


Isolde Field, longtime staffer, dead at 81



Gunnar Carlsson, Top Mathematicians Meet In Berkeley

Ravi Vakil, Stanford Teacher, students revel in joy of high-level math


Daniel Bump, professor of mathematics, was awarded the Howard Vollum Award for Science

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