2017 LMS Prizes

The London Mathematical Society welcomes nominations for the 2017 prizes, to recognise and celebrate achievements in and contributions to mathematics.

In 2017, the LMS Council expects to award:

  • The PÓLYA PRIZE is awarded in recognition of outstanding creativity in, imaginative exposition of, or distinguished contribution to, mathematics within the United Kingdom.
  • The SHEPHARD PRIZE is awarded to a mathematician or mathematicians for making a contribution to mathematics with a strong intuitive component which can be explained to those with little or no knowledge of university mathematics, though the work itself may involve more advanced ideas.  
  • The SENIOR WHITEHEAD PRIZE - grounds for the award may include work in, influence on or service to mathematics, or recognition of lecturing gifts in the field of mathematics
  • The NAYLOR PRIZE AND LECTURESHIP IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS - grounds for the award may include work in, and influence on, and contributions to applied mathematics and/or the applications of mathematics, and lecturing gifts.
  • The SENIOR ANNE BENNETT PRIZE - grounds for the award are work in, influence on or service to mathematics, particularly in relation to advancing the careers of women in mathematics.
  • The WHITEHEAD PRIZES - for work in and influence on mathematics.
  • The BERWICK PRIZE is awarded to the author(s) of a definite piece of research actually published by the Society during the eight years ending on 31 December 2016.


The closing date for nominations is Tuedsay 24th January 2017.  Any nominations received after that date will be considered in the next prize award round for that prize.


Nomination Forms:

2017 Prizes Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Prizes Nomination Form (PDF)

2017 Berwick Prize Nomination Form (Word)

2017 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.

Nominators are asked to send a nomination form, a short CV and a short publications list for each person that they nominate.  In total the form, CV and publications list should be no longer than six sides of A4, using no smaller than 11 point font.

The Prizes Committee is keen to increase the number of nominations it receives and, in particular, the number of nominations for women, which are disproportionately low each year. 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.

If you need any further information, please contact Duncan Turton, Secretary to the Prizes Committee at the Society (tel: 020 7927 0801, email: prizes@lms.ac.uk).