Professor Jeremy Gray wins 2009 AMS Whiteman Prize

Sunday, Apr 19th 2009

Jeremy Gray has received the 2009 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize. This prize is presented every three years by the American Mathematical Society and honours notable exposition on the history of mathematics and that reflects exceptional mathematical scholarship. According to the citation, the prize "recognizes the value of [Gray's] many historical works, which have not only shed great light on the history of modern mathematics but also have given an example of the ways in which historical scholarship can contribute to the understanding of mathematics and its philosophy.

In addition, Gray's work as an editor, teacher, translator, and organizer of forums for historical work has helped invigorate the study of the history of modern mathematics internationally." Specifically mentioned in the citation are three books by Gray, Ideas of Space (1979), Linear Differential Equations and Group Theory from Riemann to Poincaré (1986), and The Hilbert Challenge (2000), as well as an undergraduate textbook, Worlds Out of Nothing (2007). The prize citation concludes, "Jeremy Gray's spirited presentations of a wide range of subjects of nineteenth and twentieth century mathematics have earned the respect of his colleagues for the quality of both their historical scholarship and their mathematical accuracy and insight, exactly the traits that the Whiteman Prize is meant to recognize."

The full citation for this prize and additional information can be at http://www.ams.org/notices/200904/rtx090400498p.pdf .

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