MEDIA RELEASE — January 31, 2019

Canadian Mathematical Society

January 31, 2019

Professor Jeremy Quastel to receive the 2019 CMS Jeffery-Williams Prize

Jeremy Quastel (University of Toronto)

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Jeremy Quastel (Toronto) has been named the recipient of the 2019 CMS Jeffery-Williams Prize for his exceptional contributions to mathematics research. Dr. Jeremy Quastel will receive his award and present a prize lecture during the CMS Summer Meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan, June 7-10, 2019.

Dr. Quastel is awarded the 2019 Jeffery-Williams prize for his ground-breaking results in probability and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular, his recent discovery with Matetski and Remenik of the complete integrability of TASEP, and through a scaling limit, the strong coupling fixed point of the KPZ universality class. The class contains random interface growth models and directed polymer free energies. An example is the famous Kardar-Parisi-Zhang non-linear stochastic partial differential equation, which gives the class its name; TASEP is its most popular discretization. The KPZ fixed point is expected to describe the universal long time large scale fluctuations for all such systems.

Jeremy Quastel received his undergraduate degree from McGill University and his PhD from the Courant Institute in 1990 under the direction of S.R.S. Varadhan. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto where he has taught since 1998.

About the Jeffery-Williams Prize

The Jeffery-Williams Prize was inaugurated to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The first award was presented in 1968 and is named after Ralph Jeffery and Lloyd Williams, who were two influential CMS Board members.

For information about past recipients visit: Jeffery-Williams Prize

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.

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Patricia Dack
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Canadian Mathematical Society
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or Prof. Kai Behrend (UBC)
Chair, CMS Research Committee
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