Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics

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Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics
Awarded for outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years
Presented by American Mathematical Society
Reward(s) $5,000
First awarded 1991
Currently held by Laura DeMarco (2017)
Website www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/ams-prizes/satter-prize

The Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, also called the Satter Prize, is one of 21 prizes given out by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).[1] The prize is presented bi-annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.[2] The award was established in 1990 using a donation from Joan Birman, in memory of her sister, Ruth Lyttle Satter.[3] Satter, who worked primarily in biological sciences, was a proponent for equal opportunities for women in science.[4] First awarded in 1991, the award is intended to "honor [Satter's] commitment to research and to encourage women in science".[5] The winner is selected by the council of the AMS, based on the recommendation of a selection committee.[5] The prize is awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings during odd numbered years, and has always carried a modest cash reward. Since 2003, the prize has been $5,000,[5][6] while from 1997 to 2001, the prize came with $1,200,[7][8] and prior to that it was $4,000.[9] If a joint award is made, the prize money is split between the recipients.[7]

The award has been given 14 times, to 15 different individuals. Dusa McDuff was the first recipient of the award, for her work on symplectic geometry.[10] A joint award was made for the only time in 2001, when Karen E. Smith and Sijue Wu shared the award.[7] The 2013 prize winner was Maryam Mirzakhani, who, in 2014, was the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal. This is considered to be the highest honor a mathematician can receive.[11][12] She won both awards for her work on "the geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".[13] The most recent winner is Laura DeMarco, who was awarded the prize in 2017 for her "fundamental contributions to complex dynamics, potential theory, and the emerging field of arithmetic dynamics".[5]

The Association for Women in Science have a similarly titled award, the Ruth Satter Memorial Award, which is a cash prize of $1,000 for "an outstanding graduate student who interrupted her education for at least 3 years to raise a family".[14][15]

Recipients

Satter Prize recipients and rationale[16]
Year Image Recipient Rationale
1991 Dusa McDuff.jpg McDuff, DusaDusa McDuff "for her outstanding work during the past five years on symplectic geometry"
1993 Lai Sang Young.jpg Young, Lai-SangLai-Sang Young "for her leading role in the investigation of the statistical (or ergodic) properties of dynamical systems"
1995 Sun Yung Alice Chang.jpg Chang, Sun-Yung AliceSun-Yung Alice Chang "for her deep contributions to the study of partial differential equations on Riemannian manifolds and in particular for her work on extremal problems in spectral geometry and the compactness of isospectral metrics within a fixed conformal class on a compact 3-manifold"
1997 Ingrid Daubechies (2005).jpg Daubechies, IngridIngrid Daubechies "for her deep and beautiful analysis of wavelets and their applications"
1999 Perrin-Riou, BernadetteBernadette Perrin-Riou "for her number theoretical research on p-adic L-functions and Iwasawa theory"
2001 Smith, Karen E.Karen E. Smith "for her outstanding work in commutative algebra"
Sijue Wu.jpg Wu, SijueSijue Wu "for her work on a long-standing problem in the water wave equation"
2003 Abigail Thompson.jpg Thompson, AbigailAbigail Thompson "for her outstanding work in 3-dimensional topology"
2005 Jitomirskaya, SvetlanaSvetlana Jitomirskaya "for her pioneering work on non-perturbative quasiperiodic localization, in particular for results in her papers (1) Metal-insulator transition for the almost Mathieu operator, Ann. of Math. (2) 150 (1999), no. 3, 1159–1175, and (2) with J. Bourgain, Absolutely continuous spectrum for 1D quasiperiodic operators, Invent. Math. 148 (2002), no. 3, 453–463"
2007 ClaireVoisinBMC2014.JPG Voisin, ClaireClaire Voisin "for her deep contributions to algebraic geometry, and in particular for her recent solutions to two long-standing open problems: the Kodaira problem (On the homotopy types of compact Kähler and complex projective manifolds, Inventiones Mathematicae, 157 (2004), no. 2, 329–343) and Green's conjecture (Green's canonical syzygy conjecture for generic curves of odd genus, Compositio Mathematica, 141 (2005), no. 5, 1163–1190; and Green's generic syzygy conjecture for curves of even genus lying on a K3 surface, Journal of the European Mathematical Society, 4 (2002), no. 4, 363–404)"
2009 Laure Saint-Raymond 2012.png Saint-Raymond, LaureLaure Saint-Raymond "for her fundamental work on the hydrodynamic limits of the Boltzmann equation in the kinetic theory of gases"
2011 Wilkinson, AmieAmie Wilkinson "for her remarkable contributions to the field of ergodic theory of partially hyperbolic dynamical systems"
2013 Maryam Mirzakhani in Seoul 2014.jpg Mirzakhani, MaryamMaryam Mirzakhani "for her deep contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces"
2015 Hee oh.jpg Oh, HeeHee Oh "for her fundamental contributions to the fields of dynamics on homogeneous spaces, discrete subgroups of Lie groups, and applications to number theory"
2017 DeMarco, LauraLaura DeMarco "for her fundamental contributions to complex dynamics, potential theory, and the emerging field of arithmetic dynamics"

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Prizes and Awards". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Case, Bettye; Leggett, Anne, eds. (2005). Complexities: Women in Mathematics. Princeton University Press. p. 97. ISBN 0-691-11462-5. 
  4. ^ "Educational Awards: Ruth Satter". Association for Women in Science. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d "2017 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize" (pdf). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. 64 (4): 316. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "2003 Satter Prize" (pdf). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. 50 (4): 474. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "2001 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize" (pdf). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. 48 (4): 411–12. April 2001. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "1997 Satter Prize" (pdf). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. 44 (3): 348. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "1995 Satter Prize" (pdf). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. 42 (4): 459. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Morrow, Charlene; Peri, Teri, eds. (1998). Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 140. ISBN 0-313-29131-4. 
  11. ^ "Reclusive Russian turns down math world's highest honour". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies". BBC News. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman and Iranian to Win Fields Medal, Dies at 40". The Wire (Indian web publication). 15 July 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "AAS Committee on the Status of Women". AASWOMEN. January 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Austin, Ruth, ed. (1996). The Grants Register 1997. New York: Macmillan Press. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-312-15898-9. 
  16. ^ "Prizes and Awards". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
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