On August 29, the international jury for awarding the Lobachevsky Medal and Prize “For Outstanding Works in Geometry and its Applications” of $ 75,000 announced the winner’s name. The Lobachevsky Medal and Prize were awarded to Richard Melvin Schoen, professor at the University of California, Irvine.
The Lobachevsky Prize was established in 1896 by the Kazan Physical and Mathematical Society, in honor of the famous Russian mathematician Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, who had been a professor at Kazan University and spent almost all of his mathematical life there. The prize was first awarded in 1897. Between the October revolution of 1917 and World War II the Lobachevsky Prize was awarded only twice, by the Kazan State University, in 1927 and 1937. In 1947, by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the jurisdiction over awarding the Lobachevsky Prize was transferred to the USSR Academy of Sciences.The 1947 decree specified that there be two prizes, awarded every five years: the main, international, Lobachevsky Prize, for which both Soviet and foreign scientists would be eligible, and an honorable mention prize, for Soviet mathematicians only.
In 1990-1991, while preparing the 1992 celebration of Lobachevsky’s 200th anniversary, the Kazan State University organizers of this celebration lobbied the Soviet government to establish a special Kazan State University award in honor of Lobachevsky. A June 1991 decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR established the Lobachevsky Medal, for outstanding contributions to geometry, to be awarded by the Kazan State University. The Lobachevsky Medal was awarded by the university in 1992, 1997 and 2002.
The awards ceremony of the Lobachevsky Medal and 75 000 USD of prize money are given on December 1 in the Alexander Hall of Kazan Federal University to Richard Melvin Schoen.
Richard Melvin Schoen (born October 23, 1950) is an American mathematician. Born in Celina, Ohio, and a 1968 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, he received his B.S. from the University of Dayton in mathematics. He then received his PhD in 1977 from Stanford University and is currently an Excellence in Teaching Chair at the University of California, Irvine.
Professor Schoen is an expert in differential geometry. He holds fundamental theorems on positive energy in the general theory of relativity, he obtained a complete solution of the famous Yamabe problem on compact manifolds. He also made a fundamental contribution to the theory of regularity of minimal surfaces and harmonic maps.