The Centre de recherches mathématiques and the Fields Institute
are pleased to announce the winner of the CRM-Fields prize for
2001: Professor William T. Tutte from the University of Waterloo.
William T. Tutte is one of the leading experts in graph theory
and matroid theory worldwide. He is responsible for some of the
most fundamental results in both of these fields; to mention just
a couple, in graph theory, he established the fundamental theorems
of matching theory, an important branch of combinatorial optimization,
and in matroid theory, he characterized regular matroids in terms
of excluded minors, one of the deepest results in the field.
Professor Tutte received his education at Cambridge University,
graduating with his Ph.D. in 1948. He joined the faculty of the
University of Toronto in 1948 and moved to the University of Waterloo
in 1962. He was for a long time the editor of the Journal of Combinatorial
Theory and is the Honorary Director of the Centre for Applied
Cryptographic Research. He is a Fellow of the Royal Societies
of London and Canada. The CRM-Fields prize recognizes exceptional
achievement in mathematical research conducted primarily in Canada
or in affiliation with a Canadian university.
As a CRM-Fields prize winner, Professor Tutte will present a
lecture at both Institutes in Fall 2001.