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Seymour is co-winner of Polya Prize

Princeton mathematician Paul Seymour has been awarded the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics' George Polya Prize for his work in the field of combinatorial theory.

Seymour and Neil Robertson of Ohio State University received the award at the society's annual meeting July 12-16 in Portland, Ore. The prize was established in 1969 and is given every two years.

Robertson and Seymour received the prize for their proof of the Wagner Conjecture in the theory of graph minors. According to the society, "The Robertson-Seymour proof ... is a true tour-de-force spanning 20 important research papers and providing a structural characterization of finite graphs that has deep and far-reaching consequences."

Seymour previously served on the faculty at Ohio State, Rutgers and the University of Waterloo. From 1984 to 1996, he was a member of the technical staff and senior scientist at Bellcore. In 1996, he joined the faculty at Princeton, where he currently is professor of mathematics and director of graduate studies in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics .

Robertson, a professor of mathematics at Ohio State, was a visiting professor at Princeton from 1996 to 2001.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics was founded in 1952 to support and encourage the important industrial role that applied mathematics and computational science play in advancing science and technology.

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