Mathematical Society awards prize to WebsterBy Steve Koppes
Sidney Webster, Professor in Mathematics, is one of two recipients of the 2001 Stefan Bergman Prize from the American Mathematical Society. Webster shares the prize with Lazlo Lempert, professor of mathematics at Purdue University.
The prize recognizes mathematical accomplishments in the areas of research in which Bergman worked. Webster was cited for seminal contributions that bear directly on the Bergman kernel function, which Bergman invented in 1922.
The Bergman Prize, established in 1988, honors the memory of Bergman, best known for his research in several complex variables and in the Bergman projection and the Bergman kernel function that bear his name. A former professor at Stanford University, he died in 1977 at the age of 82.