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.