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The William Kingdon CLIFFORD Prize

Aim

 

The W.K. Clifford Prize is an international scientific prize for young researchers. The prize intends to encourage young researchers to compete for excellence in their research in theoretical and applied Clifford algebras, their analysis and geometry. Moreover, the award should promote solid research and thereby positively raise the profile of the Clifford community in mathematics, physics and the applied sciences.

The W.K. Clifford Prize was instituted in 2011 by the Advisory Board of the International Conference on Clifford Algebras and Their Applications in Mathematical Physics (ICCA), and is awarded each three years at the occasion of an ICCA Conference.

 

 

History

 

The series of conferences “International Conference on Clifford Algebras and Their Applications in Mathematical Physics” was initiated in 1985 by John Stephen Roy Chisholm of the University of Kent at Canterbury. These ICCA conferences, organized alternatively in Europe and the Americas, are intended to bring together the leading scientists and young researchers in the field of Clifford algebras and their various applications in mathematics, physics, engineering, and other applied sciences. The English mathematician and philosopher William Kingdon Clifford is best remembered for his geometric algebras, nowadays better known in mathematics as Clifford algebras, named so in his honour, but he also contributed significantly to other branches of mathematics, especially geometry.

The idea for a W.K. Clifford Prize was already born in 2002 at the Cookeville ICCA6 conference and was revived in 2011 by discussions mainly within the Advisory Board of ICCA. The first W.K. Clifford Prize was awarded in July 2011 at the occasion of the ICCA9 Conference in Weimar (Germany).

 

 

Award

 

The Award consists of

(i) a written certificate,

(ii) a cash award of € 1000,

(iii) a one year online access to the Clifford algebra related journals: Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras, and Complex Analysis and Operator Theory, and

(iv) a book token worth € 150.

 

An award ceremony is organized during the ICCA conference, with an honorary speech by the Chairman of the ICCA Advisory Board enlightening the merits of the awardee. The awardee is invited to give a special plenary lecture.

 

The Prize Winner is also offered the opportunity to give, in the months following the award ceremony, the special W.K. Clifford Prize Lecture at University College London, where W.K. Clifford held the first Goldsmid Chair from 1871 until his untimely death in 1879.

 

 

Sponsors

 

• The ICCA Conference fees

 

• The local sponsors of the ICCA conference

 

• Birkhäuser / Springer Basel AG

Thomas Hempfling, General Manager, Executive Editor, MathematicsoBirkhäuser / Springer Basel AG

P.O. Box 133, CH 4010 Basel, Switzerland

 

• University College London, Department of Mathematics

Robb McDonald, <robb@math.ucl.ac.uk>, Head of Department, Department of Mathematics, University College London, 25 Gordon Street London WC1H 0AY (corner Gordon Street and Gower Place)

 

William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879)

The Laureates

2011 Weimar

Hendrik De Bie

Ghent University - Belgium

 

2014 Tartu

David Eelbode

University of Antwerp - Belgium

 

 

The 2014 Jury

V. Abramov

University of Tartu, Estonia

 

P. Anglès

Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

 

E. Bayro-Corrochano

CINVESTAV, Guadalajara, Mexico

 

R. Da Rocha

Universidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil

 

H. De Bie

Ghent University, Belgium

 

K. Gürlebeck

Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany

 

D. Hildenbrand

University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany

 

T. Qian

University of Macau, China

 

I. Sabadini

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

 

V. Soucek

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

 

S. Staples

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA

 

Secretary: F. Brackx

Ghent University, Belgium