The George Szekeres Medal – background
The Council of the Australian Mathematical Society has decided to create a new medal to recognise the research achievements of members of the Society. It is called the George Szekeres Medal.
The creation of the new medal was announced at the 90th birthday celebrations for George held at UNSW on Monday 28th and 29th May 2001.
Prior to 2002, the Society had two awards recognising mathematical achievement, the Bernard Neumann Prize for postgraduate students and the Australian Mathematical Society Medal for research contributions by mathematicians under the age of 40. What was missing was a career award. The George Szekeres Medal now fills this gap.
George Szekeres (left) and Esther Klein Szekeres (right) with Professor David Craig (President, Australian Academy of Science)
Rules for the George Szekeres Medal of the AustMS
- The award is for a mathematical scientist who is a member of the Australian Mathematical Society and normally resident in Australia.
- The medal may, in exceptional circumstances, be shared by at most two candidates.
- The Medal is awarded every two years.
- The award is for a sustained outstanding contribution to research in the mathematical sciences. The candidate should have been resident in Australia when the bulk of the work was completed.
- The successful candidate will have an excellent record of promoting and supporting the discipline, through activities such as extensive graduate student supervision, outstanding contributions to leadership in the Australian Mathematical Society, or other activities which have materially promoted the mathematical sciences discipline within Australia.
- The George Szekeres Medal can be awarded to a recipient of the Australian Mathematical Society Medal, provided that the sustained outstanding contribution to research in Rule 4(i) is subsequent to the work for which the Australian Mathematical Society Medal was awarded.
- The George Szekeres Medal cannot be awarded to the same person on more than one occasion.
- Nominations for the George Szekeres Medal should include:
- an extended citation, not more than two pages in length, arguing the case for awarding the Medal to the nominee;
- a shorter citation, of not more than 100 words, which may be used to report the candidate’s achievements in the event that the nomination is successful;
- a full list of publications of the candidate, with the most signicant (up to a maximum of 20) marked by an asterisk;
- a curriculum vitae of the candidate’s professional career, highlighting any achievements which add support to the nomination; and
- the names of between three and six suitable referees, along with a brief statement as to their appropriateness.