Julian Coolidge, then president of the Mathematical Association of America, presented funds to establish the

**Previous Recipients:**

**1925** Gilbert A Bliss for the paper:

Algebraic Functions and Their Divisors, *Annals of Mathematics* **26** (1924), 95-124.

**1929** T H Hildebrandt for the paper:

The Borel Theorem and Its Generalizations, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **32** (1926), 423-474.

**1932** G H Hardy for the paper:

An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **35** (1929), 778-818.

**1935** Dunham Jackson for the papers:

The Convergence of Fourier Series, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **41** (1934), 67-84;

Series of Orthogonal Polynomials, *Annals of Mathematics* **34** (1933), 527-545;

Orthogonal Trigonometric Sums, *Annals of Mathematics* **34** (1933), 799-814.

**1938** Gordon T Whyburn for the paper:

On the Structure of Continua, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **42** (1936), 49-73.

**1941** Saunders MacLane for the papers:

Modular Fields, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **47** (1940), 67-84;

Some Recent Advances in Algebra, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **46** (1939), 3-19.

**1944** R H Cameron for the paper:

Some Introductory Exercises in the Manipulation of Fourier Transforms, *Nat. Math. Mag.* **15** (1941), 331-356.

**1947** Paul R Halmos for the paper:

The Foundations of Probability, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **51** (1944), 493-510.

**1950** Mark Kac for the paper:

Random Walk and the Theory of Brownian Motion, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **54** (1947), 369-391.

**1953** Edward J McShane for the paper:

Partial Orderings and Moore-Smith Limits, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **59** (1952), 1-11.

**1956** R H Bruck for the paper:

Recent Advances in the Foundations of Euclidean Plane Geometry, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **62** (1955), 2-17.

**1960** Cornelius Lanczos for the paper:

Linear Systems in Self-Adjoint Form, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **65** (1958), 665-679.

**1963** Philip J Davis, for the paper:

Leonhard Euler's Integral: An Historical Profile of the Gamma Function, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **66** (1959), 849-869.

**1964** Leon Henkin for the paper:

Are Logic and Mathematics Identical?, *Science* **138** (1962), 788-794.

**1965** Jack K Hale and Joseph P LaSalle for the paper:

Differential Equations: Linearity vs. Nonlinearity, *SIAM Review* **5** (1963), 249-272.

**1967** Guido Weiss for the paper:

Harmonic Analysis, in *Studies in Real and Complex Analysis, MAA Stud. Math.* **3** (Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1965), 124-178.

**1968** Mark Kac for the paper:

Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **73** (1966), 1-23.

**1970** Shiing Shen Chern for the paper:

Curves and Surfaces in Euclidean Space, *Studies in Global Geometry and Analysis, MAA Stud. Math.* **4** (Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1967), 16-56.

**1971** Norman Levinson for the paper:

A Motivated Account of an Elementary Proof of the Prime Number Theorem, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **76** (1969), 225-245.

**1972** Jean Francois Treves for the paper:

On Local Solvability of Linear Partial Differential Equations, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **76** (1970), 552-571.

**1973** C D Olds for the paper:

The Simple Continued Fraction Expansion of e, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **77** (1970), 968-974.

**1974** Peter D Lax for the paper:

The Formation and Decay of Shock Waves, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **79** (1972), 227-241.

**1975** M D Davis and Reuben Hersh, Hilbert's 10th Problem, *Scientific American* **229** (5) (1973), 84-91.

**1976** Lawrence Zalcman for the paper:

Real Proofs of Complex Theorems (and vice versa), *Amer. Math. Monthly* **81** (1974), 115-137.

**1977** W Gilbert Strang for the paper:

Piecewise Polynomials and the Finite Element Method, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **79** (1973), 1128-1137.

**1978** Shreeram S Abhyankar for the paper:

Historical Ramblings in Algebraic Geometry and Related Algebra, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **83** (1976), 409-448.

**1979** Neil J A Sloane for the paper:

Error-Correcting Codes and Invariant Theory: New Applications of a Nineteenth-Century Technique, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **84** (1977), 82-107.

**1980** Heinz Bauer for the paper:

Approximation and Abstract Boundaries, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **85** (1978), 632-647.

**1981** Kenneth I Gross for the paper:

On the Evolution of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **85** (1978), 525-548.

**1982** No award given.

**1983** No award given.

**1984** R Arthur Knoebel for the paper:

Exponentials Reiterated, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **88** (1981), 235-252.

**1985** Carl Pomerance for the paper:

Recent Developments in Primality Testing, *Math. Intelligencer* **3** (1981), 97-105.

**1986** George Miel for the paper:

Of Calculations Past and Present: The Archimedean Algorithm, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **90** (1983), 17-35.

**1987** James H Wilkinson for the paper:

The Perfidious Polynomial, *Studies in Numerical Analysis, MAA Stud. Math.* **24** (Math. Assoc. America, Washington, DC, 1984), 1-28.

**1988** Stephen Smale, On the Efficiency of Algorithms in Analysis, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.)* **13** (1985), 87-121.

**1989** Jacob Korevaar for the paper:

Ludwig Bieberbach's Conjecture and Its Proof by Louis de Branges, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **93** (1986), 505-514.

**1990** David Allen Hoffman for the paper:

The Computer-Aided Discovery of New Embedded Minimal Surfaces, *Math. Intelligencer* **9** (1987), 8-21.

**1991** W B Raymond Lickorish and Kenneth C Millett for the paper:

The New Polynomial Invariants of Knots and Links, *Math. Mag.* **61** (1988), 2-23.

**1992** Steven G Krantz for the paper:

What is Several Complex Variables?, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **94** (1987), 236-256.

**1993** David H Bailey, Jonathan M Borwein and Peter B Borwein for the paper:

Ramanujan, Modular Equations, and Approximations to Pi, or, How to Compute One Billion Digits of Pi, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **96** (1989), 201-219.

**1994** Barry Mazur for the paper:

Number Theory as Gadfly, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **98** (1991), 593-610.

**1995** Donald G Saari for the paper:

A Visit to the Newtonian *N*-body Problem via Elementary Complex Variables, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **97** (1990), 105-119.

**1996** Joan Birman for the paper:

New Points of View in Knot Theory, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.)* **28** (1993), 253-287.

**1997** Tom Hawkins for the paper:

The birth of Lie's theory of groups, *Math. Intelligencer* **16** (1994), 6-17.

**1998** Alan Edelman and Eric Kostlan, How many zeros of a random polynomial are real?, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.)* **32** (1995), 1-37.

**1999** Michael I Rosen for the paper:

Niels Hendrik Abel and equations of the fifth degree, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **102** (1995), 495-505.

**2000** Don Zagier for the paper:

Newman's short proof of the prime number theorem, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **104** (1997), 705-708.

**2001** Carolyn S Gordon and David L Webb for the paper:

You can't hear the shape of a drum, *American Scientist* **84** (1996), 46-55.

**2002** Ellen Gethner, Stan Wagon, and Brian Wick for the paper:

A Stroll through the Gaussian Primes, *American Mathematical Monthly* **105** (1998), 327-337.

**2003** Thomas C Hales for the paper:

Cannonballs and Honeycombs, *Notices Amer. Math. Soc.* **47** (4) (2000), 440-449.

**2004** Edward B Burger for the paper:

Diophantine Olympics and World Champions: Polynomials and Primes Down Under, *Amer. Math. Monthly* **107** (9) (2000), 822-829.

**2005** John Stillwell for the paper:

The Story of the 120-Cell, *Notices Amer. Math. Soc.* (January 2001), 17-24.

**2006** Florian Pfender and Günter M Ziegler for the paper:

Kissing Numbers, Sphere Packings, and Some Unexpected Proofs, *Notices Amer. Math. Soc.* (September 2004), 873-883.

**2007** Andrew J Simoson for the paper:

The Gravity of Hades, *Mathematics Magazine* **75** (5) (December 2002), 335-350.

**2008** Andrew Granville for the paper:

It is easy to determine whether a given integer is prime, *Bull. Amer. Math. Soc.* **42** (2005), 3-38.

**2009** Harold P Boas for the paper:

Reflections on the Arbelos, *Amer. Math. Monthly ***113** (2006), 236-249.

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