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2002 CAP/CRM Prize in Theoretical Physics

will be awarded to


"I am absolutely thrilled to receive the CAP-CRM Prize for Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and thank the Canadian Physics and Mathematical communities for this honour."

Dr. Pavel WinternitzThe Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2002 CAP/CRM Prize in Theoretical Physics is being awarded to Dr. Pavel Winternitz of the Université de Montréal for his work in group theory along with his seminal work on symmetries of nonlinear partial differential equations.

Pavel Winternitz grew up in Prague, was educated in St. Petersburg and Dubna, trained in the U.K and worked for a few years in the U.S before settling permanently in Montreal in 1972. Since 1984 he has been full professor at the Université de Montréal. He held visiting appointments in France, Italy, Spain, Australia and Mexico. He was instrumental in making the CRM into an internationally-renowned institution. Pavel is a world expert on group theory applications in physics. His seminal work on symmetries of nonlinear partial differential equations is of major significance. His key results include the classification of the subalgebras for many differential equations and their applications in various areas of physics. His recent work involving group theory analysis of difference equations is a truly pioneering effort in the field of mathematical physics.

Pavel published 246 articles in refereed journals, 95 in conference proceedings and 17 coauthored or co-edited books. In 2001, he received First Prize in Theoretical Physics of the International Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna; in 1998, First degree medal of the Technical University in Prague. He has held prestigious memberships in international scientific committees. In 1997 an International Symposium was organized in Montreal in honor of the 60th birthdays of J.Patera and P. Winternitz. Among the 13 PhD students he supervised, four are professors at Canadian universities, two are in the USA, and 1 is in South Africa. His former student, Yuri Berest, received the CMS award for the best thesis in 1997. Prof. Winternitz supervised a total of 14 M.Sc. students, not including the three currently under his supervision.

Pavel is hardly showing signs of slowing down now that he achieved scientific stardom. His web site lists more than two dozen papers published since the year 2000. The forthcoming book: " Maximal Abelian Subalgebras of the Classical Algebras and Their Physical Applications", co-authored with Prof. H. Zassenhaus, is expected to be a seminal contribution to the field of mathematical physics.

The annual CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics was first introduced in 1995. Dr. Winternitz will receive the 2002 Prize during the CAP's awards banquet to be held at the Quebec Convention Centre on June 4th, 2002.

The Canadian Association of Physicists, founded in 1945, is a professional association representing over 1600 individual physicists and physics students in Canada, the U.S. and overseas, as well as a number of Corporate and Departmental Members. In addition to its learned activities, the CAP also undertakes a number of activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

The Centre de recherches mathématiques is a national research centre in mathematics and theoretical physics jointly supported by the federal government, the province of Quebec, and the Université de Montréal where it is based. Among the activities of the CRM are thematic years, summer schools, workshops, seminars, and the publication of monographs, proceedings, and lecture notes in mathematics and physics.

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Canadian Association of Physicists
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or Centre de recherche mathématiques
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