Dr. de Grey will receive the David P. Robbins Prize for his paper “The Chromatic Number of the Plane is at least 5,” which appeared in Geombinatorics in July 2018. This award is given out every third year at the Joint Mathematical Meeting, recognizing recipients for their reporting on novel research in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics.
“We are beyond delighted to join the very distinguished list of winners of the Chauvenet Prize,” said Pozdnyakov and Steele. “From an early age, we have both been wide-ranging readers of mathematical expositions. Naturally, those papers that have been acknowledged with the Chauvenet Prize have often zoomed to the top of our reading list, even when—perhaps especially when—they offer the chance to learn some mathematics outside of our work-a-day world.”
“The MAA is proud to honor exceptional expository writing in the field of mathematics. Pozdnyakov and Steele’s article is an outstanding example of the writing we routinely feature in our journals,” said Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA.
David P. Robbins Prize
“I am immensely honored to be awarded the MAA’s Robbins’ prize,” said Dr. de Grey. “In my youth, I had the great privilege to have friends at Cambridge who are among the most talented combinatorics of their generation and who are also wonderful people. The result is that for most of my life I have been hooked on combinatorics, and especially graph theory. This field, while never having been my source of income, has given me perpetual joy, and I want to express my gratitude to those old friends who provided that gift. The Hadwiger-Nelson problem has the rare feature of being both comprehensible and seductive not only to the mathematics undergraduates whom this prize seeks to inspire but even to those with much more elementary mathematical experience. I, therefore, hope that this contribution by a recreational mathematician will serve to encourage a new generation to explore this infinitely rich abstract universe.”
“Aubrey de Grey’s contribution exemplifies novel research that has advanced progress on the long-standing Hadwiger-Nelson problem. We are honored to present de Grey with the Robbins Prize,” said Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA.
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