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G. de B. Robinson 
Award

The G. de B. Robinson Award was inaugurated to recognize the publication of excellent papers in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin and to encourage the submission of the highest quality papers to these journals. The first award was presented in 1996.

RECIPIENTS
(Click on the name to search the CJM and CMB journals database for that name. A direct link to the article is also provided when the issue is available on-line.)

Ranee Brylinski (Pennsylvania State)

  • "Quantization of the 4-dimensional nilpotent orbit of SL(3,R)",
    Canadian Journal of Mathematics, Volume 49, pages 916-943, 1997
Jason Levy (Ottawa)
  • "A note on the relative trace formula",
    Canadian Mathematical Bulletin, Volume 38, pages 450-461, 1995
Henri R. Darmon (McGill)
  • "Thaine's Method for Circular Units and a Conjecture of Gross",
    Canadian Journal of Mathematics, Volume 47, Issue 2, 1995
Steven N. Evans (California, Berkeley)
Edwin A. Perkins (UBC)
  • "Measure-Valued Branching Diffusions with Singular Interactions",
    Canadian Journal of Mathematics, Volume 46, Issue 1, 1994.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Gilbert de Beauregard Robinson
(1906-1992)

Third president of the Canadian Mathematical Society (1953-1957)

Born in Toronto in 1906 Gilbert Robinson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1927 and went to Cambridge where he received his Ph.D. in 1931 with the group theorist Alfred Young. He then joined the Mathematics Department in Toronto where he served until his retirement in 1971, except for a period of wartime service in Ottawa.

Gilbert Robinson specialized in the study of the symmetric groups on which he became a recognized authority, writing some forty papers on the topic. He also wrote The Foundations of Geometry (1940) and The Representations of the Symmetric Groups (1961) as well as a text on vector geometry. His last mathematical book was his edition of the collected papers of Alfred Young (1977), and he later wrote short volumes on departmental, local, and family history. While in Ottawa, Gilbert was one of the founding le cturers of Carleton University, and was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1944. His wartime work on codes and cyphers, secret for many years, has now been described in a recently published volume Best Kept Secrets by Bryden. He be came director of the 'Examination Unit' which conducted decoding work during the war and he played a role in establishing the decoding section which gave Canada some influence in this domain postwar. Glibert's wartime services were recognized by the award of the M.B.E.

Returning to the Toronto department Gilbert was present at the founding conference of the CMC in 1945, and with H.S.M. Coxeter he established the Canadian Journal of Mathematics which began publishing in 1949. He continued as managing editor for thirty ye ars.

Glibert undertook many professional and administrative responsibilities throughout his career, including the presidencies of the science section of the Royal Society, of the University of Toronto Settlement (a charitable foundation), the Faculty Club, the Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics, as Chairman of the NRC Associate Committee in Mathematics, and as the first Vice-President for Research Administration at the University of Toronto, in 1965-71. From these and other community service s he received several medals and other awards from the federal and provincial governments.

These activities and personal hobbies of photography, cabinet making and local history did not keep Gilbert from working at his mathematics, for he continued to publish papers throughout his career. In retirement he founded the Mathematical Reports of the Academy of Science, of which he was production editor until 1990. Only an increasing weight of years brought about his gradual withdrawal from an active and many-sided career; he died in Toronto in 1992.


TERMS OF REFERENCE

The G. de B. Robinson Award was inaugurated to recognize the publication of excellent papers in the Canadian Journal of Mathematics and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin and to encourage the submission of the highest quality papers to these journals. The first award was presented in 1996.

  1. The Selection Jury will consist of the Associate Editors of the CJM and CMB. A member of the Publications Committee shall be appointed as the non-voting Chair of the Jury.

  2. There shall be up to three awards per year with some variation possible at the discretion of the Selection Jury.

  3. In even years, the last two complete volumes of the CJM will be under consideration and, in odd years the last two complete volumes of the CMB. The Editors-in-Chief for the journal under consideration shall nominate papers from the respective two volu mes. The Chair of the Jury shall invite individual members of the Jury to nominate additional papers. The Chair will then ask the members of the Jury to consider all nominated papers. After due time for deliberation the Chair shall collect the votes from the Jury.

    Each juror shall have 100 votes to allocate among those papers being nominated, with no more than 50 votes to be allocated to any one paper. The Chair of the Jury shall tally the votes and make the results known to the Jury and to the Chair of t he Publications Committee.
    The jurors shall exercise their own mathematical judgement in distributing their votes. Some of the characteristics which they may consider are; clarity, elegance, conciseness, depth and difficulty, and potential impact. The jurors are not responsible for establishing the correctness or originality of the results.

  4. The decision as to what papers will receive a G. de B. Robinson Award is to be made not more than eight months from the appearance of the final issue of the two volumes being considered.

  5. To communicate the Selection Jury's decision, together with appropriate citation materials to the Board through the President of the CMS who writes the official letter to the selected authors. To ensure that the decision is announced in the CMS Notes as soon as possible, together with the appropriate details.

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