By the decision of the jury, appointed by the Scientific Council of the Juliusz P. Schauder Center for Nonlinear Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, and consisting of Professors:
- Wacław Marzantowicz (chairman of the jury, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland),
- Marek Izydorek (Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland),
- Grzegorz Karch (University of Wrocław, Poland),
- Jean Mawhin (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium),
- Paul Rabinowitz (University of Madison-Wisconsin, USA),
- Roman Srzednicki (Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland),
- Andrzej Szulkin (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
the winner of the 2017 Schauder Medal is the distinguished Australian mathematician professor Edward Norman Dancer from the Sydney University, Australia.
The Schauder Medal is awarded to individuals for their significant achievements related to topological methods in nonlinear analysis.
Professor Norman Dancer is an eminent expert of the world renown in the field of nonlinear mathematical and functional analysis and the theory of ordinary and partial differential equations. He has authored numerous groundbreaking papers published in the leading mathematical journals. The results of his studies concerning nonlinear differential equations, topological degree, Conley index, global bifurcation, equivariant topology and infinite dimensional dynamical systems constitute the seminal contribution into the modern mathematics. Moreover Professor Dancer's findings open new areas of knowledge and horizons of mathematical research. Difficult problems resolved by him often find deep motivations and applications in different branches of science as, for example, physics or biology.
Norman Dancer was born in 1946, received his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK, under Frank Smithies in 1972. He then was appointed at the University of New England, where he received a Personal Chair in 1987. Since 1993 he was a Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney and, at present, he is a part time Professor of Mathematics at the University of Swansea, Wales, UK. He has held many visiting appointments at prestigious institutions including Newton Center in Cambridge, University of Bath, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin, Université de Paris, Universität Giessen to name a few. Professor Dancer is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a winner of the Hannan Medal in 2009 for his research in pure mathematics awarded by the Australian Academy of Science. He also held a Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation in 2004.