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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.



Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2013