Hamilton Prize 2010
news 16 October 20103:31
This year, 2010, the Royal Irish Academy again presented awards to students of Mathematics in nine of the Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. The recipients of the Hamilton Award in Mathematics received a scroll and €1000 cheque, generously sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland. This event formed part of Hamilton Day activities at the RIA which celebrate Hamilton’s life and contribution to mathematics and usually take place on or around October 16th, the anniversary of the day Hamilton scratched his fundamental formula for quaternion multiplication on Broome Bridge in Dublin.
Hamilton Prize Winners 2010
Back Row L-R :Ruadhai Dervan, James Blair, Ciaran Hughes, Gillian Kissane, Gerard Moran Front Row L-R: Michael Cardiff, Siobhan Mc Donnell, Nicholas Canny, Jenny Young, Robert Merton, Linda Mawhinney, Mark Ross-Lonergan
Nine prizes were awarded this year. Each mathematics department (TCD, UCD, UCC, NUIG, NUIM, UL, DIT, DCU, QUB) were invited to nominate its "best" student in the penultimate year of undergraduate mathematical studies. It is not envisaged that the award within each HEI be restricted to "single honours" students of Mathematics, or indeed that any special competition be devised. The selection of the best student was based either on the results of the annual assessment of the year’s performance or on the best performance in the ordinary institution examinations in Mathematics at the end of the penultimate year. However, it is left to the discretion of the Department of Mathematics in each of the institutions to decide on the most appropriate method of selecting which student should be awarded the prize in each case.
Each Department publicised the award, and announced the criteria used to determine the prize-winner within each institution. The Academy held an awards ceremony in Academy House on Friday, October 15th 2010, the day before the anniversary of Hamilton's famous walk. All nine prize-winners, who should then be in their final year of study, attended this ceremony.