MEDIA RELEASE — October 15, 2008

Canadian Mathematical Society

October 15, 2008

Canadian Mathematical Society's
2008 David Borwein Distinguished Career Award

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to award the 2008 CMS David Borwein Distinguished Career Award to Dr. Hermann Brunner (Memorial University of Newfoundland).

Dr. Brunner will receive the 2008 David Borwein Distinguished Career Award at the CMS Winter Meeting in Ottawa (December 2008).

The David Borwein Distinguished Career Award recognizes the career of an individual who has made an exceptional, broad, and continued contribution to mathematics. The award is named for David Borwein, a former President of the CMS and an eminent Canadian mathematician.

Dr. Hermann Brunner has made notable contributions to Canadian mathematics, through his research, his teaching, and through the breadth of his service to the mathematical community. Particularly notable in this respect has been his tireless work to develop the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS), and through AARMS to expand and enhance the infrastructure that supports research and graduate training in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. Brunner received his Ph.D. from ETH Zürich in 1969. In 1986, following appointments at Dalhousie University, the University of Münster, and the University of Fribourg, he joined Memorial University of Newfoundland, rising to the rank of University Research Professor. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, and the author or editor of three research monographs. His research lies in area of the numerical analysis of integral equations, a topic to which he has also contributed by serving on leading editorial boards, and by organizing major conferences,

His service to the mathematical community includes a term as vice-president of the Canadian Mathematical Society, as group chair for the mathematical and statistical sciences at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and on several other NSERC committees, including a term as chair of the grant selection committee in applied mathematics. His contributions have been recognized by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, which inducted him as a fellow in 2006.

Dr. Brunner was influential in the founding of AARMS, and served as its director from 1999 to 2005. AARMS has increased the cohesiveness of mathematical research in Atlantic Canada, providing both direct support and a network that facilitates collaboration in research and graduate education. During his tenure as Director, Dr. Brunner led a national effort to secure stable and increased funding for AARMS, in cooperation with major Canadian research institutes such as the Centre de recherches mathématiques in Montreal, the Fields Institute in Toronto, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences in Western Canada. The legacy of these efforts has been the stimulation and expansion of mathematical research in Atlantic Canada, and the establishment of a strong and enhanced infrastructure in support of that research.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Graham P. Wright
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 562-5702
or Dr. Anthony To-Ming Lau
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (780) 492-0398