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"Leonardo da Vinci" Award of the European Academy of Sciences

Sir John Ball

by Prof. Benoit Perthame and Prof. Endre Suli


Sir John Ball

In recognition for his groundbreaking and highly significant contributions to the mathematical theory of elasticity, the calculus of variations, and the mathematical analysis of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems.




Through a research career spanning more than 45 years, Professor Ball has made groundbreaking and highly significant contributions to the mathematical theory of elasticity, the calculus of variations, and the mathematical analysis of infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. In recognition of his services to science in 2006 he was knighted in The Queen's New Year Honours list. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 1980), Fellow of the Royal Society (elected 1989), Associé Etranger, Académie des Sciences, Paris (elected 2000), Foreign Member of the Instituto Lombardo (elected 2005), Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (elected 2007), Honorary Member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society (elected 2008), Member of the Academia Europeana (elected 2008), and Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (elected 2012). He is the recipient of Honorary Degrees/Honorary D.Sc.'s/Honorary Fellowships from EPFL Lausanne (1992), Heriot-Watt University (1998), University of Sussex (2000), Université Montpellier II (2003), University of Edinburgh (2005), St John's College Cambridge (2005), and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (2010). His contributions to science have been recognised by a number of international prizes, including the 1999 Theodore von Kármán Prize, and most recently the 2018 King Faisal International Prize in Mathematics.

Professor Ball has also played a significant role internationally in supporting Mathematics. He was a member of the first Abel Prize Committee in 2002 and the Fields Medal Committee in 1998. From 1996-98 he was President of the London Mathematical Society, and from 2003-06 he was President of the International Mathematical Union, IMU. Professor Ball is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.

Professor Ball's career has been a shining light in world mathematics, spanning both pure and applied areas. The European Academy of Sciences is therefore proud to present the Leonardo da Vinci Award to Professor Sir John Ball.