Prestigious prizes awarded to Lex Schrijver and Bert Gerards

On Monday, 18 August 2003, Lex Schrijver received the Dantzig prize for his complete work in optimization. Furthermore, he and Bert Gerards both received the Fulkerson prize during ISMP 2003 in Copenhagen. Schrijver is one of CWI's top researchers and holds a part-time professorship at the University of Amsterdam. Bert Gerards is theme leader at CWI and is also a part-time professor at the Technical University Eindhoven.

Publication date: 20-08-2003

On Monday, 18 August 2003, Lex Schrijver received the Dantzig prize for his complete work in optimization. Furthermore, he and Bert Gerards both received the Fulkerson prize during ISMP 2003 in Copenhagen. Schrijver is one of CWI's top researchers and holds a part-time professorship at the University of Amsterdam. Bert Gerards is theme leader at CWI and is also a part-time professor at the Technical University Eindhoven.

The Dantzig prize is the highest award in mathematical optimization, awarded by the Mathematical Programming Society and SIAM. Schrijver received the prize for `deep and fundamental research contributions to discrete optimization'. The jury report said: `Characterized by insights that are both broad and deep, and by a continual pursuit of simplification and unity, Schrijver's work is scholarship at its best.'

The Fulkerson prize is awarded `for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics' by the MPS and American Mathematical Society. Bert Gerards won his Fulkerson prize for an article with Geelen and Kapoor in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory (B); Schrijver for his article in the same magazine. For Lex Schrijver this is the second time he wins this prize. Both the Dantzig and Fulkerson prize are awarded every three years.