Martin Bridson to receive the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

29th October 2019


The American Mathematical Society 2020 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition will be awarded to Magdalen Fellow Professor Martin Bridson FRS and Professor André Haefliger for their book Metric Spaces of Non-positive Curvature.

The book is widely accepted as the authoritative reference for a large area of modern geometric group theory, and has been a fundamental textbook for many graduate students. It realises Mikhail Gromov’s vision of group theory studied via geometry, and has paved the way for the developments of the subsequent decades.

“We are honoured and delighted to receive the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition,” said Martin Bridson. “We are particularly pleased that the Prize Committee commented on the value that students have found in our book; to see it used widely as a textbook has been immensely gratifying. It has also been rewarding to see it serve as a reference for the many colleagues who have advanced geometric group theory so spectacularly over the past 20 years.”

Martin Bridson is the Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He served as head of the Mathematical Institute from 2015 to 2018, and is now the president of the Clay Mathematics Institute.

His research interests focus on the interaction of geometry, topology, and group theory. He has been awarded the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society, the Forder Lectureship of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He gave an Invited Address to the Joint Mathematics Meeting in 2001 and was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006. He is a Fellow of the AMS, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.

The 2020 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded annually for a book or substantial survey or expository research paper. The 2020 prize will be awarded to Martin on Thursday 16 January during the Joint Prize Session at the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver.