The London Mathematical Society and British Society for the History of Mathematics are delighted to announce that the 2021 Hirst Prize and Lectureship is awarded to Professor Karine Chemla (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; CNRS), in recognition of her outstanding and innovative work in the history of mathematics. This marks the first year that the Hirst Prize and Lectureship is jointly awarded by the LMS and BSHM.
Karine Chemla’s academic career in the history of mathematics has covered some forty years. Throughout virtually all this time she has been based at CNRS, where she is currently Senior Researcher within the research group SPHERE (Science—Philosophy—History, Université de Paris & CNRS). Professor Chemla’s research has focussed on a number of areas within the history of mathematics, including the history of geometry in France in the nineteenth century, the historiography of non-western mathematics, and the history of mathematics in China. It is particularly in this last area of research that Chemla is widely recognised as a preeminent authority.
See the full citation for Professor Chemla here.