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Brian Conrey receives 2008 Conant Prize

Professor Brian Conrey, winner of the 2008 Conant Prize

Professor Brian Conrey, winner of the 2008 Conant Prize

15 January 2008

Professor Brian Conrey in the Department of Mathematics has been awarded the 2008 Levi L. Conant Prize by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

This prestigious annual prize recognises an outstanding expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years. Professor Conrey was honoured for his article ‘The Riemann Hypothesis’, published in AMS Notices in March 2003. The prize was awarded earlier this month at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California.

Professor Conrey, who joined the Department of Maths in 2005, is also Executive Director of the American Institute of Mathematics. He is due to give an Inaugural Lecture tackling the same topic featured in his winning AMS paper on 22 January. ‘Primes and zeros – the million dollar mystery’ will explain what the Riemann Hypothesis is and give some of the colourful history that has grown up around efforts to solve it. The free lecture will take place in the Powell Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue at 5.30 pm. All are welcome.

The prize-winning article is available on the AMS website.

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