Sidney graduate student awarded prestigious Mathematics prize

Duncan Hewitt has been awarded the highest classification for his submission for the Faculty of Mathematics’ Smith-Knight and Rayleigh-Knight Essay Competition

Duncan, who is currently studying for a PhD at the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, also supervises for the College. His research focuses on modelling convective flows in porous media; work that has important applications for the long-term geologic storage of carbon dioxide (‘CO2 sequestration’).

The Smith-Knight Prize was first awarded in its current form in 1998, but the origins of the award date back to the eighteenth century. The Smith prize, originally awarded to students who excelled in a supplementary examination, evolved into the current Part III in Mathematics, a course that is taken by continuing Cambridge students (who graduate with an M Math) and by students who took their first degrees outside Cambridge (who graduate with an MASt). From 1885 prizes were awarded for submitted essays. The J.T. Knight prize was introduced for students who had taken their first degrees at other universities. 

The prizes were reorganized in 1998 to recognise work of the highest calibre in mathematics in Cambridge, the Smith-Knight prize being awarded for work ‘concerned with original research of striking quality’.

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News item posted Sunday, 3rd May 2015

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