Craig Tracy, distinguished professor of mathematics, and Professor Harold Widom of UC Santa Cruz will receive the 2020 Steele Prize for Seminal Contributions to Research from the American Mathematical Society. The prize recognizes their landmark work on Tracy-Widom distributions, a major breakthrough in statistics with applications in signal processing and other fields.
The Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded annually for a paper that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research. The 2020 prize will be awarded Jan. 16 during the Joint Prize Session at the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver.
— Andy Fell, UC Davis Strategic Communications