LMS Prizes 2020: call for nominations

The London Mathematical Society would like to invite nominations for the following LMS prizes in 2020, which are intended to recognise and celebrate achievements in and contributions to mathematics:

  • The PÓLYA PRIZE, which is awarded in recognition of outstanding creativity in imaginative exposition of, or distinguished contribution to, mathematics within the UK.
  • The SENIOR ANNE BENNETT PRIZE, for work in, influence on or service to mathematics, particularly in relation to advancing the careers of women in mathematics.
  • The SENIOR BERWICK PRIZE, which is awarded to the author(s) of a definite piece of research published by the Society between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2019.
  • The SHEPHARD PRIZE, for contributions to mathematics with a strong intuitive component which can be explained to those with little knowledge of mathematics.
  • The FRÖHLICH PRIZE, which is awarded for original/innovative work in any branch of mathematics to a mathematician with fewer than 25 years’ experience at post-doctoral level.
  • The WHITEHEAD PRIZES, which are awarded for work in and influence on mathematics to mathematicians with fewer than 15 years’ experience at post-doctoral level  (up to six may be awarded).

We have in various years found ourselves with rather few nominations for the Pólya Prize, the Senior Anne Bennett Prize, the Senior Berwick Prize, the Shephard Prize, and the Fröhlich Prize, and would particularly welcome nominations for these.  We would also strongly welcome more nominations for women and other underrepresented groups in the mathematical community; we have too few and would very much like to see more. In some cases, our prizes are intended to celebrate contributions to the community, and we intend to place a good deal of weight on this aspect because we consider it to be important. In all cases the Prizes Committee interprets the criteria broadly, so if in doubt please submit a nomination. This is especially the case for the Shephard Prize.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 31st January 2020. 

Regulations, including information on eligibility, for each of the prizes can be found here.

To nominate a candidate, please complete a nomination form and return it to Katherine Wright, Society Business Officer: prizes@lms.ac.uk. Each nomination should include a short CV and publications list. Nominations for the Senior Berwick Prize should also include the paper for which the prize is nominated.


2020 Prizes Nomination Form (for all except Senior Berwick) (Word)

2020 Prizes Nomination Form (for all except Senior Berwick) (PDF)

2020 Senior Berwick Prize Nomination Form (Word)

2020 Senior Berwick Prize Nomination Form (PDF)

Nominations made will be considered for two prize award rounds, provided that the nominee(s) remains eligible for the prize. It is open to nominators to renominate a candidate after those two rounds have expired. 

The prize regulations refer to the concept of "academic age", rather than date of birth, in order to take account more fully of broken career patterns.

For further information, please email prizes@lms.ac.uk.