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Chauvenet Prizes

The Chauvenet Prize, consisting of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, is awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Association to the author of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic. First awarded in 1925, the Prize is named for William Chauvenet, a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. It was established through a gift in 1925 from J.L. Coolidge, then MAA President. Winners of the Chauvenet Prize are among the most distinguished of mathematical expositors.

 

Recipients in 2012

Dennis DeTurck, Herman Gluck, Daniel Pomerleano, and Shea Vela-Vick

The Four Vertex Theorem and Its Converse

Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 54 (2007), no. 2, 192–207.

 

Recipient in 2011

 

Bjorn Poonen

Undecidability in Number Theory

Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 55 (2008), no. 3, 344–350


Recipient in 2010

 

Brian J. McCartin

e: The Master of All

The Mathematical Intelligencer, 28 (2006), no. 2, 10–21

 

 

Recipient in 2009

 

Harold P. Boas

Reflections on the Arbelos

American Mathematical Monthly, 113 (2006), no. 3, 236–249

 

 

Recipient in 2008

 

Andrew Granville

It is Easy to Determine Whether a Given Integer is Prime 

Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 42, 2005, pp. 3-38.

 

 
Recipient in 2007

 

Andrew J. Simoson

The Gravity of Hades 

Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 75, December 2002, pp. 335-350.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2006

 

Florian Pfender and Günter M. Ziegler

Kissing Numbers, Sphere Packings, and Some Unexpected Proofs 

Notices of the AMS, September 2004, pp. 873-883.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2005

 

John Stillwell

The Story of the 120-Cell 

Notices of the AMS, January 2001, pp. 17-24.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2004

 

Edward B. Burger

Diophantine Olympics and World Champions: Polynomials and Primes Down Under 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 107, November 2000, pp. 822-829.

 

 
Recipient in 2003

 

Thomas C. Hales

Cannonballs and Honeycombs 

Notices of AMS, April 2000, Vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 440-449.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2002

 

Ellen Gethner, Stan Wagon, and Brian Wick

A Stroll through the Gaussian Primes 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 105, (1998), pp. 327-337.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2001

 

Carolyn S. Gordon and David L. Webb

You Can't Hear the Shape of a Drum This page is currently not available.

 American Scientist, Vol. 84, (1996), pp. 46-55.

 

 

 
Recipient in 2000

 

Don Zagier

Newman's Short Proof of the Prime Number Theorem 

The Amererican Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 104, (1997), pp. 705-708.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1999

 

Michael I. Rosen

Niels Hendrik Abel and Equations of the Fifth Degree 

The Amererican Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 102, (1995), pp. 495-505.

 

 

 Recipient in 1998

 

Alan Edelman and Eric Kostlan

How Many Zeros of a Random Polynomial Are Real?

Bulletin of the AMS (N.S.), Vol. 32, (1995), pp. 1-37.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1997

 

Tom Hawkins

The Birth of Lie's Theory of Groups This page is currently not available.

Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 16, (1994), pp. 6-17.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1996

 

Joan Birman

New Points of View in Knot Theory 

Bulletin of the AMS (N.S.), Vol. 28 (1993), pp. 253-287.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1995

 

Donald G. Saari

A Visit to the Newtonian N-body Problem Via Elementary Complex Variables 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 97, (1990), pp. 105-119.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1994

 

Barry Mazur

Number Theory as Gadfly 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 98 (1991), pp. 593-610.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1993

 

David H. Bailey, Jonathan M. Borwein and Peter B. Borwein

Ramanujan, Modular Equations, and Approximations to Pi, or, How to Compute One Billion Digits of Pi

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 96, (1989), pp. 201-219.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1992

 

Steven G. Krantz

What is Several Complex Variables? 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 94, (1987), pp. 236-256.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1991

 

W.B. Raymond Lickorish and Kenneth C. Millett

The New Polynomial Invariants of Knots and Links 

Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 61, (1988), pp. 2-23.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1990

 

David Allen Hoffman

The Computer-Aided Discovery of New Embedded Minimal Surfaces. This page is currently not available.

Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 9, (1987), pp. 8-21.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1989

 

Jacob Korevaar

Ludwig Bieberbach's Conjecture and Its Proof by Louis de Branges 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 93, (1986), pp. 505-514.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1988

 

Steve Smale

On the Efficiency of Algorithms in Analysis 

Bulletin of the AMS, (N.S.), Vol. 13, (1985), pp. 87-121.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1987

 

James H. Wilkinson

The Perfidious Polynomial 

Studies in Numerical Analysis, pp. 1-28, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 24, Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1984.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1986

 

George Miel

Of Calculations Past and Present: The Archimedean Algorithm 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 90, (1983), pp. 17-35.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1985

 

Carl Pomerance

Recent Developments in Primality Testing. This page is currently not available.

Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 3, (1981), pp. 97-105.

 

 
Recipient in 1984

 

R. Arthur Knoebel

Exponentials Reiterated 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 88, (1981), pp. 235-252.

 

Recipient in 1981

 

Kenneth I. Gross

On the Evolution of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 85, (1978), pp. 525-548.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1980

 

Heinz Bauer

Approximation and Abstract Boundaries 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 85, (1978), pp. 632-647.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1979

 

Neil J.A. Sloane

Error-Correcting Codes and Invariant Theory: New Applications of a Nineteenth-Century Technique 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 84, (1977), pp. 82-107.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1978

 

Shreeram S. Abhyankar

Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 83, (1976), pp. 409-448.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1977

 

W. Gilbert Strang

Piecewise Polynomials and the Finite Element Method 

Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 79, (1973), pp. 1128-1137.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1976

 

Lawrence Zalcman

Real Proofs of Complex Theorems (and vice versa) 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 81, (1974), pp. 115-137.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1975

 

M.D. Davis and Reuben Hersh

Hilbert's 10th Problem This page is currently not available.

Scientific American, vol. 229, (1973),  pp. 84-91.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1974

 

Peter D. Lax

The Formation and Decay of Shock Waves 

The American Mathematical Monthly,  Vol. 79, (1972), pp. 227-241.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1973

 

C.D. Olds

The Simple Continued Fraction Expansion of e 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 77, (1970), pp. 968-974.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1972

 

Jean Francois Treves

On Local Solvability of Linear Partial Differential Equations 

Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 76, (1970), pp. 552-571.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1971

 

Norman Levinson

A Motivated Account of an Elementary Proof of the Prime Number Theorem 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 76, (1969), pp. 225-245.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1970

 

Shiing Shen Chern

Curves and Surfaces in Euclidean Space 

Studies in Global Geometry and Analysis, pp. 16-56, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 4, Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1967.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1968

 

Mark Kac

Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum? 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 73, (1966), pp. 1-23.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1967

 

Guido Weiss

Harmonic Analysis 

Studies in Real and Complex Analysis, pp. 124-178, MAA Stud. Math., Vol. 3, Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1965.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1965

 

Jack K. Hale & Joseph P. LaSalle

Differential Equations: Linearity vs. Nonlinearity. This page is currently not available.

SIAM Review 5 (1963), pp. 249-272.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1964

 

Leon Henkin

Are Mathematics and Logic Identical?

Science, Vol. 138, (1962), pp. 788-794.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1963

 

Philip J. Davis

Leonhard Euler's Integral: An Historical Profile of the Gamma Function 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 66, (1959), pp. 849-869.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1960

 

Cornelius Lanczos

Linear Systems in Self-Adjoint Form 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 65, (1958), pp. 665-679.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1956

 

R.H. Bruck

Recent Advances in the Foundations of Euclidean Plane Geometry 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 62, (1955), pp. 2-17.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1953

 

E.J. McShane

Partial Orderings and Moore-Smith Limits 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 59, (1952), pp. 1-11.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1950

 

Mark Kac

Random Walk and the Theory of Brownian Motion 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 54, (1947), pp. 369-391.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1947

 

Paul R. Halmos

The Foundations of Probability 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 51, (1944), pp. 493-510.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1944

 

R.H. Cameron

Some Introductory Exercises in the Manipulation of Fourier Transforms 

National Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 15, (1941), pp. 331-356.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1941

 

Saunders MacLane

Modular Fields 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 47, (1940), pp. 67-84

Some Recent Advances in Algebra 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 46, (1939), pp. 3-19.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1938

 

G.T. Whyburn

On the Structure of Continua 

Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 42, (1936), pp. 49-73.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1935

 

Dunham Jackson

The Convergence of Fourier Series 

The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 41, (1934), pp. 67-84

Series of Orthogonal Polynomials 

Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 34, (1933), pp. 527-545

Orthogonal Trigonometric Sums 

Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 34, (1933), pp. 799-814.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1932

 

G.H. Hardy

An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers 

Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 35, (1929), pp. 778-818.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1929

 

T.H. Hildebrandt

The Borel Theorem and Its Generalizations 

Bulletin of the AMS, Vol. 32, (1926), pp. 423-474.

 

 

 
Recipient in 1925

 

G.A. Bliss

Algebraic Functions and Their Divisors 

Annals of Mathematics, Vol. 26, (1924), pp. 95-124.

 

 

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The Chauvenet Prize, consisting of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate, is awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Association to the author of an outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic. First awarded in 1925, the Prize is named for William Chauvenet, a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy. It was established through a gift in 1925 from J.L. Coolidge, then MAA President. Winners of the Chauvenet Prize are among the most distinguished of mathematical expositors.

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