January 2005  The directors of the Centre de recherches mathématiques
(CRM) of l'Université de Montréal, François
Lalonde, and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical
Sciences, Barbara Keyfitz, are pleased to announce the awarding
of the CRMFields Prize for 2005 to Professor David Boyd (University
of British Columbia) in recognition of his exceptional achievement
and work in analytic number theory.
The Centre de recherches mathématiques and The Fields
Institute established the CRMFields prize in 1994 to recognize
exceptional research in the mathematical sciences. The recipient
is chosen by a selection committee made up of members of the Advisory
Committee of the CRM and the Scientific Advisory Panel of the
Fields Institute.
David Boyd, this year's recipient, is one of Canada's leading
number theorists. He has made seminal contributions to analytic
number theory, noteworthy among which are his explorations of
the deep connections between the Mahler measure of polynomials
and special values of their associated Lfunctions.
Professor Boyd received his B.Sc. from Carleton University in
1963, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in
1964 and 1966. He has taught at the University of Alberta and
the California Institute of Technology, and has been at UBC since
1971 where he is currently Full Professor. He is a winner of the
E.W.R. Steacie prize, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,
and has won both the Canadian Mathematical Society's CoxeterJames
and JefferyWilliams prize lectures. His service to the Canadian
mathematical community includes terms as vicepresident of the
Canadian Mathematical Society, chair of the NSERC Mathematics
grant selection committee, and Acting Director of the Pacific
Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.
Previous recipients of the prize are H.S.M. (Donald) Coxeter,
George A. Elliot, James Arthur, Robert V. Moody, Stephen A. Cook,
Israel Michael Sigal, William T. Tutte, John B. Friedlander, John
McKay, Edwin Perkins, and Donald A. Dawson.
