## Professor Caucher Birkar wins Fields Medal

**1 August 2018**

Caucher Birkar, Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, has been awarded a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. Professor Birkar has been awarded the highest honour in mathematics for his substantial contributions to algebraic geometry, including "his proof of the boundedness of Fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal model program."

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## Professor Julia Gog wins Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award

**12 July 2018**

Professor Julia Gog (DAMTP) has won a Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for her collaboration with the BBC Pandemic project. The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Awards were established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact beyond academia, whether on the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life.

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## Professor Caucher Birkar and Dr Peter Varju awarded Whitehead Prizes

**29 June 2018**

Professor Caucher Birkar (DPMMS) and Dr Peter Varju (DPMMS) have each been awarded a prestigious Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society. Professor Birkar is awarded the prize in recognition of his outstanding research in higher dimensional algebraic geometry, most prominently his recent groundbreaking finiteness results on Fano varieties and Mori fibre spaces. Dr Varju's prize is awarded for his deep and groundbreaking contributions to analysis and probability on algebraic structures.

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## 2018 Gruber Prize in Cosmology awarded to the Planck satellite team

**12 June 2018**

The 2018 Gruber Prize in Cosmology has been awarded to the Planck satellite team, which includes the DAMTP Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) scientists Paul Shellard, James Fergusson and Anthony Challinor. The US $500,000 prize recognises excellence in science, and will be awarded on 20 August 2018, at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union, in Vienna.

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## Adams Prize 2018-19 - applications now open

**29 May 2018**

Applications are invited for the 2018-19 Adams Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in the University of Cambridge. The prize will be awarded this year for achievements in the field of 'The Mathematics of Networks'. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 October 2018.

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## Adams Prize Winners 2017-18 Announced

**30 April 2018**

The Adams Prize is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John’s College, Cambridge, to UK-based researchers, under the age of 40, doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences. This year's topic was 'The Mathematics of Astronomy and Cosmology', and the prize has been awarded jointly to Dr Claudia de Rham and Dr Gustav Holzegel, both of Imperial College London.

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## Professor Michael McIntyre honoured by Royal Meteorological Society

**12 April 2018**

Professor Michael McIntyre (DAMTP) has been appointed as an Honorary Fellow by the Royal Meteorological Society, the highest award of membership made by the Society, in recognition of his distinguished career and long standing contribution to Meteorology.

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## Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic

**23 March 2018**

DAMTP researchers in disease dynamics, including Professor Julia Gog, Dr Stephen Kissler, and PhD student Maria Tang, worked with the BBC on a huge citizen science disease dynamics experiment featured on the documentary *Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic*. 30,000 people took part in the citizen science experiment, which has resulted in the largest data set of its kind.

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## Professor Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS, 1942 - 2018

**14 March 2018**

The Faculty is saddened to report the death of Professor Stephen Hawking on 14th March 2018, aged 76. The Faculty extends sympathy to his family and many friends, as friends and colleagues pay tribute to his extraordinary scientific achievements.

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## Watch Brian Cox's interview with Professor David Spiegelhalter in BBC series "People of Science"

**12 January 2018**

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is interviewed by Professor Brian Cox as part of a six-part BBC series, *People of Science*. The series explores the scientific inspirations of Royal Society Fellows, and in this programme Professor Spiegelhalter discusses how the work of Thomas Bayes and Ronald Fisher helped to shape our understanding of probability.

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