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The University of Cambridge has announced the winners 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 UK-based researchers, under the age of 40, doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences.

This year’s topic was “Algebra”, and the prize has been awarded jointly to Professor Konstantin Ardakov (University of Oxford) and Professor Michael Wemyss (University of Glasgow).

Professor Mihalis Dafermos, Chair of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said:

Prof Wemyss works at the interface of noncommutative algebra with algebraic geometry. He introduced the homological minimal model program, and its associated cluster-mutations and contraction algebras, to elucidate and potentially classify birational surgeries of threefolds in terms of noncommutative algebraic data.

Prof Ardakov has made substantial contributions to noncommutative Iwasawa theory, and to the p-adic representation theory of p-adic Lie groups. In a long-term collaboration with Simon Wadsley, he has developed a p-adic analogue of the classical theory of D-modules, of significance both in representation theory and to the local Langlands program.

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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