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The University of Cambridge has announced the winner of one of its oldest and most prestigious prizes.

The Adams Prize is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John’s College to a young (normally under 40 years of age), UK-based researcher doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences.

This year’s topic was “Applied Analysis”, and the prize has been awarded to Professor Clément Mouhot (University of Cambridge).

Professor Richard Samworth, Chairman of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said:

“Clément Mouhot has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of long-time behaviour of partial differential equations arising from mathematical physics, and the link between kinetic theory and molecular dynamics. His analysis provides a remarkably thorough mathematical understanding of the phenomenon of ‘Landau damping’ for the Vlasov-Poisson equation, and the relaxation towards equilibrium for collisional equations of Boltzmann type.”

The Adams Prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams and was endowed by members of St John’s College. It is currently worth approximately £15,000. It commemorates Adams’s role in the discovery of the planet Neptune, through calculation of the discrepancies in the orbit of Uranus.

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