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Ericpol rewarded mathematicians

12 September 2011

Doctor Łukasz Pańkowski of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań won the 3rd season of the International Banach Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in mathematical sciences in 2011. The awarding ceremony was held  on the 12th of September, 2011, during the official opening of the Izraeli-Polish Mathematical Meeting in the lecture hall at the Faculty of Management of the University of Łódź.

The awarded dissertation of doctor Łukasz Pańkowski entitled ‘Joint universality theorems vs. Kronecker’s diophantine approximation theorem’, was written under the supervision of Professor Jerzy Kaczorowski, PhD. The Jury also nominated four others for the Prize:

  • Mr Łukasz Kosiński (Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • Ms Olena Naboka (National Technical University ‘Kharkov Polytechnical Institute’, Department of Higher Mathematics)
  • Mr Tomasz Piasecki (Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Mathematics)
  • Mr Marcin Sabok (University of Wrocław, Institute of Mathematics)

For this year’s season 14 dissertations were submitted from Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.

‘The submitted papers represented a number of branches of mathematics, such as the theory of numbers, functional analysis, the set theory, differential equations, the complex analysis, or differential geometry’, concluded Professor Zbigniew Błocki, Member of the Jury. The winning thesis of doctor Łukasz Pańkowski concerned the greatest unsolved mathematical problem, the Riemann hypothesis. Among other things, the thesis contains generalised results of Voronin and Kaczorowski and Kulas related to the so-called universal character of the L-function. The main findings of the paper have been published in one of the leading journals dealing with the theory of numbers, ‘Acta Arithmetica’.

The Prize and the four distinctions for the best doctoral dissertation in mathematical sciences in 2011 presented Marek Gajowniczek, Vice President of Ericpol Telecom. ‘Contrary to the popular opinion mathematics is not a hermetic and an abstract discipline at all. It creates and describes our reality very precisely. The International Banach Prize is an attempt to appreciate young people, whose talent and everyday work improve our reality’, stressed Marek Gajowniczek.

The International Banach Prize was established by Ericpol Telecom, the benefactor of the prize, and the Polish Mathematical Society. It reflects the appreciation for mathematics and the role it plays in the contemporary world, but it also is aimed at popularizing the scientific output of Stefan Banach and the Polish science in the world. The value of the Prize is 20 000 PLN (~ 5 000 euros) which makes it one of the highest financial prizes awarded in Poland in the field of mathematics.

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