MEDIA RELEASE — May 9, 2018

Canadian Mathematical Society

May 9, 2018

Celebrated Mathematician Anthony To-Ming Lau receives 2018 David Borwein Distinguished Career Award

Anthony To-Ming Lau (University of Alberta)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Professor Anthony To-Ming Lau (Alberta) has been named the recipient of the 2018 David Borwein Distinguished Career Award for his exceptional, continued, and broad contributions to mathematics. Lau will receive his award and present at Prize Lecture at the upcoming CMS Winter meeting in Vancouver, BC, December 7-10, 2018.

Awarded every four years, the David Borwein Distinguished Career Award is, by definition, reserved for those individuals who have made exceptional, broad, and continued contributions to Canadian mathematics. Over nearly five decades, Professor Lau has done precisely this, on a truly remarkable number of levels. From research central, to the development of abstract harmonic analysis in Canada and internationally, to teaching of such a high calibre that it has been recognized with a 3M Teaching Award, and award-winning service.

Lau has published more than 150 research articles and monographs, and served as Department Chair (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences) at the University of Alberta, as well as CMS President (2008 – 2010).

Distinguished Award Selection Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Bennett noted that Dr. Lau epitomized the spirit of the award, stating “perhaps Dr. Lau’s greatest contribution to Canadian mathematics lies in his mentorship and supervision of more than two dozen Ph.D. students, many of whom have themselves gone on to distinguished careers as scholars, educators and leaders, attaining prominence in Canada, the US and beyond”.

About the David Borwein Distinguished Career Award

The David Borwein Distinguished Career Award is name for David Borwein, a distinguished mathematician and former CMS President. The award was established in 2004 to recognize individuals who have made a sustained outstanding contribution to the advancement of mathematics. The recipient receives a unique sculpture established by the Borwein family.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The Society’s activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: scientific meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics competitions that recognize outstanding student achievements.

For more information, please contact:

Graham Wright
Executive Secretary
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662 ext. 713
or Michael Bennett (UBC)
Chair, Distinguished Award Selection Committee
Department of Mathematics University of British Columbia Tel: (604) 822-2251