2017 LMS Winners

The London Mathematics Society (LMS) has announced the winners for their various prizes and medals this year. In this blogpost I will give a breakdown of who won.

  • Polya Prize: This was awarded to Professor Alex Wilkie FRS from the University of Oxford due to his contributions to model theory and its connections to real analytic geometry.
  • Senior Whitehead Prize: Professor Peter Cameron, from the University of St Andrews, was awarded this prize for his research on combinatorics and group theory.
  • Senior Anne Bennett Prize: Awarded to Professor Alison Etheridge FRS from the University of Oxford for her “research on measure-valued stochastic processes and applications to population biology” as well as outstanding leadership.
  • Naylor Prize and Lectureship: This was given to Professor John Robert King from the University of Nottingham due to profound contributions to the theory of non-linear PDEs and applied mathematical modelling.
  • Berwick Prize: This was awarded to Kevin Costello of the Perimeter Institute in Canada for his paper entitled The partition function of a topological field theory (published in the Journal of Topology in 2009). In this paper Costello “characterises the function as the unique solution of a master equation in a Fock space.”
  • Whitehead Prize:
    • Dr Julia Gog (University of Cambridge) for her research on the mathematical understanding of disease dynamics, in particular influenza.
    • Dr András Máthé (Univeristy of Warwick) due to his insights into problems in the fields of geometric measure theory, combinatorics and real analysis.
    • Ashley Montanaro (University of Bristol) for her contributions to quantum computation and quantum information theory.
    • Dr Oscar Randal-Williams (University of Cambridge) due to his contributions to algebraic topology, in particular the study of moduli spaces of manifolds.
    • Dr Jack Thorne (University of Cambridge) for research in number theory, in particular the Langlands program.
    • Professor Michael Wemyss (University of Glasgow) for his “applications of algebraic and homological techniques to algebraic geometry.”

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Liebster Award!

Thank you to sci.casual for nominating me! The Liebster award is passed from blogger to blogger as a kind of gift that says “Hey, your blog is awesome!”. It comes with a set of rules, which I intend to follow in the order given.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I have 2 dogs called Toffee and Paco. They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and they are just about the cutest things on this Earth.
  2. When I was younger, I had a thing for buttons that you can press, so much so that wanted to be a cashier. Dream big, eh?
  3. I am a HUGE environmentalist.
  4. I absolutely love going to concerts.

Find the last 7 (more maths related) facts here.

11 Random Questions

  1. What is your passion? Maths. As simple as that. Oh, and maybe music.
  2. Why did you start blogging? Click here.
  3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing: I wouldn’t be me if I changed something.
  4. Is there a moment in your life you wish you could go back to just to enjoy it again? If so, what moment is it? Some of the concerts I’ve been too; I just love the concert feeling.
  5. Are you planning to publish a book in the future? If so, what would it be about? Probably not, I’ll leave that to my sister (the one with the English degree). Although, I am a huge advocate of popularising mathematics, so maybe it is in the cards.
  6. Do you believe in love at first sight? No, I believe you have to know someone before love comes.
  7. Is there something you’re afraid of that’s quite unusual? Sharks? Clowns?
  8. What country are you from? Portugal.
  9. How many languages do you speak? 2 fluently: English and Portuguese. 2 semi-fluently: Spanish and French.
  10. What is one of your most embarrassing moments in life? There have been to many… (one of the downsides of being incredibly clumsy)
  11. Are you happy? Yes, right now I am.

Nominate Some Bloggers

Once again, thank you to sci.casual for the nomination!

(3 posts a week for many months now has left me dry of ideas.. Any blog post ideas would be very welcome!) M x

Versatile Blogger Award

Today will be a slightly different post from me, as I have been nominated for an award; thank you Dragallur for the nomination! It really means a lot to me to see that people are enjoying my posts, as I really enjoy writing them.


1.  Display Award

2.  Thank the person who nominated you

3.  Share seven facts about yourself

4.  Nominate up to 15 other bloggers


  1. Apart for mathematics, I absolutely love chemistry, astrophysics and quantum physics.
  2. My favourite colour is turquoise.
  3. Although I love reading about various areas of mathematics, I would say that technically my strongest area is calculus.
  4. Hobbies: I can sing and play the piano, drums and guitar. I also really enjoy playing tennis and going on walks.
  5. I have lived in 5 different countries.
  6. I like a lot of different styles of music, but I would say my favourite is rock/heavy metal, with Metallica being my favourite band.
  7. My least favourite area in maths is statistics.



I will keep my list to only 5 blogs as many of my favourite bloggers have already been nominated!


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