The Fulkerson Prize for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics is sponsored jointly by the Mathematical Programming Society (MPS) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Up to three awards of US$1500 each are presented at each (triennial) International Symposium of the MPS. Originally, the prizes were paid out of a memorial fund administered by the AMS that was established by friends of the late Delbert Ray Fulkerson to encourage mathematical excellence in the fields of research exemplified by his work.

**1979** Richard M Karp

Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken... for 'On the computational complexity of combinatorial problems',Networks5(1975),45-68.

Paul D Seymour... for 'Every planar map is four colorable, Part I: Discharging',Illinois Journal of Mathematics21(1977),429-490.

... for 'The matroids with the max-flow min-cut property',Journal of Combinatorial TheorySeries B23(1977),189-222.

L G Khachiyan... for 'Informational complexity and effective methods of solution for convex extremal problems',Ekonomika i Matematicheskie Metody12(1976),357-369.

G P Egorychev... for 'A polynomial algorithm in linear programming',Akademiia Nauk SSSR. Doklady244(1979),1093-1096.

D I Falikman... for 'The solution of van der Waerden's problem for permanents',Akademiia Nauk SSSR. Doklady258(1981),1041-1044.

M Grötschel, L Lovasz and A Schrijver... for 'A proof of the van der Waerden conjecture on the permanent of a doubly stochastic matrix',Matematicheskie Zametki29(1981),931-938.

... for 'The ellipsoid method and its consequences in combinatorial optimization',Combinatorica1(1981),169-197.

... for 'Roth's estimate of the discrepancy of integer sequences is nearly sharp',Combinatorica1(4),319-325,(1981).

Eugene M. Luks... for 'Integer programming with a fixed number of variables',Mathematics of Operations Research8(4),538-548,(1983).

... for 'Isomorphism of graphs of bounded valence can be tested in polynomial time',Journal of Computer and System Sciences25(1),42-65,(1982).

... for 'A strongly polynomial minimum cost circulation algorithm',Combinatorica5(1985), pp.247-256.

... for 'A new polynomial-time algorithm for linear programming',Combinatorica4(1984), pp.373-395.

Alfred Lehman... for 'A random polynomial time algorithm for approximating the volume of convex bodies',Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery38(1991)/11-17.

Nikolai E Mnev... for 'The width-length inequality and degenerate projective planes', W Cook and P D Seymour(eds.), Polyhedral Combinatorics, DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, volume1,(American Mathematical Society,1990)101-105.

... for 'The universality theorems on the classification problem of configuration varieties and convex polytope varieties', O Ya Viro(ed.),Topology and Geometry-Rohlin Seminar, Lecture Notes in Mathematics1346(Springer-Verlag, Berlin,1988)527-544.

Gil Kalai... for 'Homology of smooth splines: Generic triangulations and a conjecture of Strang',Transactions of the AMS310(1988)325-340.

Neil Robertson, Paul D Seymour, and Robin Thomas... for 'Upper bounds for the diameter and height of graphs of the convex polyhedra',Discrete and Computational Geometry8(1992)363-372.

... for 'Hadwiger's conjecture for K6; free graphs',Combinatorica13(1993)279-361.

... for 'The Ramsey NumberR(3,t)Has Order of Magnitudet^{2}/logt',Random Structures and Algorithms7,(3)1995,173-207.

Michele Conforti, Gerard Cornuejols, and M. R. Rao... for 'Improved approximation algorithms for the maximum cut and satisfiability probelsm using semi-definite programming',Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery42(1995), no.6,1115-1145.

... for 'Decomposition of balanced matrices',Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B,77(1999), no.2,292-406.

Bertrand Guenin... for 'The Excluded Minors forGF(4)-Representable Matroids',Journal of Combinatorial TheorySeries B,79(2000), no.2,247-299.

Satoru Iwata, Lisa Fleischer, and Satoru Fujishige... for 'A characterization of weakly bipartite graphs',Journal of Combinatorial TheorySeries B,83(2001), no.1,112-168.

Alexander Schrijver... for 'A combinatorial strongly polynomial algorithm for minimizing submodular functions',Journal of the ACM48, July2001, no.4,761-777.

... for 'A combinatorial algorithm minimizing submodular functions in strongly polynomial time',Journal of Combinatorial TheorySeries B80(2000), no.2,346-355.

Mark Jerrum, Alistair Sinclair and Eric Vigoda... for 'PRIMES is in P',Annals of Mathematics160, issue2,2004,781-793

Neil Robertson and Paul D Seymour... for 'A polynomial-time approximation algorithm for the permanent of a matrix with nonnegative entries',J. ACM51, Issue4,2004,671-697.

... for 'Graph Minors. XX. Wagner's conjecture',Journal of Combinatorial TheorySeries B92(2)2004,325-357.

... for 'The strong perfect graph theorem', Annals of Mathematics, volume164, issue1,2006, pages51-229.

Daniel A. Spielman and Shang-Hua Teng

Thomas C. Hales... for 'Smoothed analysis of algorithms: Why the simplex algorithm usually takes polynomial time', Journal of the ACM, volume51, issue3,2004, pages385-463.

Samuel P. Ferguson... for 'A proof of the Kepler conjecture', Annals of Mathematics, volume162,issue3,2005, pages1063-1183

... for 'Sphere Packings, V. Pentahedral Prisms', Discrete and Computational Geometry, volume36, issue1,2006,167-204.

Anders Johansson, Jeff Kahn, and Van H. Vu... for improving the approximation ratio for graph separators and related problems.

László Lovász and Balázs Szegedy.. for determining the threshold of edge density above which a random graph can be covered by disjoint copies of a given smaller graph.

.. for characterizing subgraph multiplicity in sequences of dense graphs.

.. for 'A Counterexample to the Hirsch Conjecture', Annals of Mathematics,2012.

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