The IMA Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis is a biennial prize established in 1985 by the IMA in honour of mathematician Leslie Fox (1918-1992). Leslie Fox founded the Oxford University Computing Laboratory in 1957 and was the Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford from 1963 to 1983. The prize honours “young numerical analysts worldwide” (any person who is less than 31 years old).

Following the call for papers, submissions are reviewed by the Committee who then invite shortlisted candidates to give lectures at the IMA Leslie Fox Prize meeting. First Prize and Second Prizes are awarded based on “mathematical and algorithmic brilliance in tandem with presentational skills.”

The Prize is financially underwritten by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and administered by the Board of the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis who appoint the Adjudicating Committee. The organization of each meeting from the call for entries, choice of date and venue, and the adjudication of the prize, is in the hands of the Adjudicating Committee.

The funding for the prize has been obtained by private donations but the interest from the prize fund, particularly with current rates, comes nowhere near covering the cost of the prizes. In view of the close relationship of the Prize to IMAJNA, the IMA has agreed to underwrite the Prize but it is still important for us to build the fund to a self-sustaining level.

Further donations to the Prize Fund are hereby solicited. Donations, with a completed IMA Leslie Fox Prize Donation Form, and related correspondence, should be sent to the address on the form. For UK tax payers, a Gift Aid Declaration is available.

See also advice for UK tax payers on the benefits of making a donation with Gift Aid.

18th IMA Leslie Fox Prize

The 18th IMA Leslie Fox Prize was awarded on Monday June 26th, 2017, in Room JA325 in the John Anderson building, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XH, Scotland, just prior to the 27th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis. For further details please visit IMA Leslie Fox Prize webpage.

First Prize

  • Nicole Spillane (Ecole Polytechnique)

Second Prizes

  • Mario Berljafa (KU Leuven)
  • Evan Gawlik (University of California, San Diego)
  • Robert Gower (Ecole Normale Superieure)
  • Lise-Marie Imbert-Gerard (New York University)
  • Aretha Teckentrup (University of Edinburgh)

Previous IMA Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis Winners

Seventeenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. University of Strathclyde,  22 June, 2015.

First Prizes

  • Iain Smears (University of Oxford) &
  • Alex Townsend (MIT).

Second Prizes

  • Patrick Farrell (University of Oxford),
  • Olivier Fercoq (Telecom ParisTech),
  • John Pearson (University of Kent) &
  • Clarice Poon (Cambridge University)

Sixteenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. ICMS Edinburgh 24 June, 2013.

First Prize:

  • Michael Neilan (University of Pittsburgh).

Second Prize:

  • Ingrid von Glehn (University of Oxford).
  • Georges Klein (University of Fribourg).
  • Martin Takáč (University of Edinburgh).
  • Alex Townsend (University of Oxford).
  • Andre Uschmajew (Technische Universität Berlin).

Fifteenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Manchester 27 June, 2011.

First Prize:

  • Yuji Nakatsukasa (University of California, Davis).

Second Prize:

  • Ben Adcock (Simon Fraser University)
  • Arnulf Jentzen (Princeton University)
  • Richard Norton (University of Oxford)
  • Bart Vandereycken (ETH)
  • Konstantinos Zygalakis (University of Oxford)

Fourteenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Warwick 29 June, 2009.

First Prize:

  • Brian Sutton (Randolph-Macon College)

Second Prize:

  • Stefano Giani (Nottingham University)
  • Daan Huybrechs (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Armin Lechleiter (CMAPX, Polytechnique)
  • Colin B. Macdonald (Mathematics, UCLA)
  • Liuqiang Zhong (Xiangtan University)

Thirteenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Oxford 22 June, 2007.

First Prize:

  • Ioana Dumitriu (University of Washington)
  • Yoichiro Mori (University of British Columbia)

Second Prize:

  • Timo Betcke (University of Macnchester)
  • Laurent Demanet (Stanford University)
  • Daniel Kressner (University of Zagreb)
  • Emre Mengi (UC San Diego)
  • Sheehan Olver (University of Cambridge)

Twelfth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Dundee 27 June, 2005.

First Prize:

  • Roland Opfer (Universität Göttingen)
  • Paul Tupper (McGill University)

Second Prize:

  • Lehel Banjai (MPI, Leipzig)
  • Coralia Cartis (University of Oxford)
  • Johan Hoffman (Chalmers University)
  • Fabio Nobile (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Adam Oberman (Simon Fraser University)

Eleventh Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Cambridge 20 June, 2003.

First Prize:

  • Jared Tanner (University of California at Davis)

Second Prize:

  • Melvin Leok (California Institute of Technology)
  • Adam Oberman (University of Texas)
  • Marc Schweitzer (Universität Bonn)
  • Tatjana Stykel (University of Calgary)
  • Boris Vexler (Universität Heidelberg)

Tenth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Oxford 22 June, 2001.

First Prize:

  • Anna-Karin Tornberg (KTH Stockholm)

Second Prize:

  • Tilo Arens (Brunel University)
  • Begona Cano (University of Valladolid)
  • Eric Darve (Stanford University)
  • Jing-Rebecca Li (Courant Institute NYU)
  • Dominik Schötzau (University of Minnesota)
  • Divakar Viswanath (University of Chicago)

Ninth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Dundee 28 June, 1999.

First Prize:

  • Niles Pierce (Caltech)
  • Reha Tütüncü (Carnegie-Mellon)

Second Prize:

  • Aurelian Bejancu (Cambridge)
  • Vincent Heuveline (Heidelberg)
  • Paul Houston (Oxford)
  • Ross Lippert (Sandia National Laboratories)

Eighth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Dundee 23 June, 1997.

First Prize:

  • W. Sweldens (Bell Labs)

Second Prize:

  • T.A. Driscoll (Boulder)
  • V. Simoncini (Pavia)
  • E. de Sturler (Zurich)
  • R.H. Tütüncü (Carnegie-Mellon)
  • A. Zanna (Cambridge)
  • T. Zhang (Stanford)

Seventh Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Dundee 26 June, 1995.

First Prize:

  • A. Hill (Bath)

Second Prize:

  • X-W. Chang (McGill)
  • L. Jay (Minnesota)
  • Y. Liu (Cambridge)
  • K-C. Toh (Cornell)
  • D. Wang (Purdue)

Sixth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Oxford 24 June, 1993.

First Prize:

  • Y. Li (Cornell)

Second Prize:

  • A. Edelman (Berkeley)
  • D.J. Higham (Dundee)
  • Z. Jia (Bielefeld)
  • P. Lin (Oxford)
  • R. Mathias (Minneapolis)

Fifth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Dundee 24 June, 1991.

First Prize:

  • C.J. Budd (Bristol)
  • J.F.B.M. Kraaijevanger (Leiden)

Second Prize:

  • J. Levesley (Coventry)
  • P.D. Loach (Bristol)
  • B.F. Smith (Argonne)
  • H. Zha (Stanford)

Fourth Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Cambridge 4 September, 1989.

First Prize:

  • M. Buhmann (Cambridge)
  • B.R.L. DeMoor (Stanford)
  • A.M. Stuart (Bath)

Second Prize:

  • M. Ainsworth (Durham)
  • R.H. Chan (Hong Kong)
  • A. Edelman (MIT)
  • D.J. Higham (Toronto)

Third Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Imperial College. 28 March, 1988.

First Prize:

  • N.J. Higham (Manchester)

Second Prize:

  • T. Hagstrom (SUNY, Stony Brook)
  • P.T. Harker (Univ of Pennsylvania)
  • I.R.H. Jackson (Cambridge)
  • T. Tang (Leeds)

Second Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Imperial College. 5 September, 1986.

First Prize:

  • J.W. Demmel (Courant)
  • N.I.M. Gould (Harwell)

Second Prize:

  • J.L. Barlow (Penn State)
  • J. Scott (Oxford)
  • A.J. Wathen (Bristol)

First Leslie Fox Prize Meeting. Imperial College. 30 August, 1985.

First Prize:

  • L.N. Trefethen (MIT)

Second Prize:

  • N.J. Higham (Manchester)
  • S.P.J. Matthews (Dundee)
  • P.K. Sweby (Reading)
  • Y. Yuan (Cambridge)

Chairpersons of adjudicating committee

  • First: Mike Powell
  • Second: Ron Mitchell
  • Third: John Reid
  • Fourth: Bill Morton
  • Fifth: John Mason
  • Sixth: Nancy Nichols
  • Seventh: Charlie Elliott
  • Eighth: Christopher Baker
  • Ninth: Iain Duff
  • Tenth: Nick Trefethen
  • Eleventh: Arieh Iserles
  • Twelfth: Alastair Spence
  • Thirteenth: Endre Süli
  • Fourteenth: Andrew Stuart
  • Fifteenth: Nick Higham
  • Sixteenth: Mark Ainsworth
  • Seventeenth: Nick Gould