One of the oldest and most prestigious prizes awarded by Cambridge University, the Adams Prize has been announced.

This year’s topic was Fluid Mechanics, and the Prize has been awarded to Professor Jacques Vanneste of the School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh.

The Adams Prize is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John’s College to a young (normally under 40 years of age), UK-based researcher doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences.

Professor Arieh Iserles, Chairman of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said: “The work of Professor Vanneste spans fundamental issues underlying our understanding of geophysical fluid flow. He has brought an impressive array of modern asymptotic techniques to bear on differential equations modelling fluid flow. His work reveals a range of features which are of fundamental importance in both theoretical fluid dynamics and in applications of fluid dynamics to weather forecasting and climate modelling.”

The Adams Prize is named after the mathematician John Couch Adams and was endowed by members of St John's College. It is currently worth approximately £13,500. It commemorates Adams's discovery of the planet Neptune, through calculation of the discrepancies in the orbit of Uranus.

Previous winners have included many well known mathematicians including James Clerk Maxwell and Sir William Hodge.

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