May 23, 1996 Vol . 6, No. 2
Borweins take CUFA academic award
Internationally renowned mathematicians Jonathan and Peter Borwein have
scooped the Academic of the Year award from the Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of B.C. The two brothers won the award for the innovative
work carried out at the centre for experimental and constructive mathematics
(CECM) of which Jonathan is director and Peter is associate director.
The annual CUFA/BC award, now in its second year, recognizes faculty who
have made an outstanding contribution in the generation, transmission or
implementation of ideas. The award is supported by Prentice Hall Canada
and Sun Microsystems of Canada.
CECM is a unique research facility which allows researchers to explore
how mathematical analysis and computers work together. It is also at the
forefront of computer-based communications, allowing public access to work
carried out at the centre via the Internet.
Both the centre and the Borwein brothers hit the public limelight last
year when Peter and Jonathan calculated the value of pi to a new world record.
The brothers are also recognized for their ability to talk about complex
mathematics in non-specialist terms, making the discipline accessible to
a broad audience.
Peter and Jonathan Borwein
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