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Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service

The Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics is the most prestigious award for service offered by the MAA.  First presented in 1990, this award consists of a cash prize of $5,000, a citation, and the recognition of the American mathematical community. Nominations are due by December 1 each year.

The Gung and Hu Award is the endowed successor to the MAA’s Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, first presented in 1962. It is to be made for service to mathematics that has been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful.  The period of service may be long or short, and the award may be made on the basis of one or several activities.  The contribution should be such as to influence the field of mathematics or mathematical education in a significant and positive way on a national scale. Effective January 2016, an individual who has received MAA’s Dolciani Award within the last five years is not eligible for the Gung & Hu Award.  

The initial endowment was contributed by husband and wife Dr. Charles Y. Hu and Yueh-Gin Gung. It is worth noting that Dr. Hu and Yueh-Gin Gung were not mathematicians, but rather a professor of geography at the University of Maryland and a librarian at the University of Chicago, respectively. They contributed generously to our discipline because, as they wrote, “We always have high regard and great respect for the intellectual agility and high quality of mind of mathematicians and consider mathematics as the most vital field of study in the technological age we are living in.”

This award consists of a cash prize of $5,000, a citation, and the recognition of the American mathematical community. Nominations are due by December 1 each year. The Gung and Hu Award is made for service to mathematics that has been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful. The period of service may be long or short, and the award may be made on the basis of one or several activities. The contribution should be such as to influence the field of mathematics or mathematical education in a significant and positive way on a national scale. Submit nominations to the chair of the Gung and Hu Award Committee, Nancy Neudauer (nancy@pacificu.edu ), by December 1, review the award nomination guidelines, and find a list of past winners below.

Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award Regulations

List of Recipients

2019

Philip Uri Treisman, The University of Texas at Austin

2018

David Bressoud, Macalaster College

2017

Martha J. Siegel, Towson University

2016

George Berzsenyi

2015

W. James Lewis, University of Nebraska

2014

Joan Leitzel

2013

William A. Hawkins, Jr., University of District of Columbia

2012

John Ewing, Indiana University 

2011

Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota Duluth

2010

Kenneth A. Ross, University of Oregon

2009

Robert Megginson, University of Michigan

2008

Lida Barrett, University of Tennessee

2007

Lee Lorch, York University in Toronto

2006

Hyman Bass, University of Michigan

2005

Gerald L. Alexanderson, Santa Clara University

2004

T. Christine Stevens, Saint Louis University

2003

Clarence F. Stephens, SUNY at Potsdam

2001

Manuel P. Berriozabal, University of Texas at San Antonio

2000

Paul R. Halmos, Santa Clara University

1999

Leonard Gillman, University of Texas at Austin

1998

Alice T. Schafer , Wellesley College

1997

Deborah Tepper Haimo, University of California at San Diego

1996

Andrew Gleason, Harvard University

1995

Anneli Lax, New York University

1994

J. Sutherland Frame, Michigan State University

1993

Henry O. Pollak, Columbia University

1992

Lynn A. Steen, St. Olaf College

1991

Shirley Hill, University of Missouri-Kansas City

1990

Leon Henkin, University of California- Berkeley

1989

Ivan Niven, University of Oregon

1988

Murray S. Klamkin, University of Alberta

1987

Gail S. Young, Ossining, NY

1986

Arnold E. Ross, Ohio State University

1985

Everett Pitcher, Lehigh University

1984

(no award given)

1983

Edwin F. Beckenbach (posthumously), University of California- Los Angeles

1982

Thornton C. Fry, Carmel, CA

1981

Ralph P. Boas, Northwestern University

1980

Henry L. Alder, University of California-Davis

1979

Otto Neugebauer, Brown University

1978

Richard D. Anderson, Louisiana State University

1977

Victor Klee, University of Washington

1976

Leon W. Cohen, University of Maryland

1975

Saunders Mac Lane, University of Chicago

1974

RH Bing, University of Texas-Austin

1973

R.L. Wilder, University of Michigan

1972

Carl B. Allendoerfer, University of Washington

1971

Burton W. Jones, University of Colorado

1970

G. Baley Price, University of Kansas

1969

Edward G. Begle, Stanford University

1968

A.W. Tucker, Princeton University

1967

W.L. Duren, University of Virginia

1966

Harry M. Gehman, State University of New York at Buffalo

1965

Richard Courant, New York University

1964

E.J. McShane, University of Virginia

1963

George Pólya, Stanford University

1962

Mina S. Rees, Hunter College-City University of New York

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