UCL researchers win Leverhulme Prizes

19 November 2008

Professor Marianna Csornyei (UCL Mathematics) and Dr Natasha Eaton (UCL History of Art) are among the winners of the 2008 Philip Leverhulme Prize, awarded ‘to outstanding young scholars who have made a substantial contribution to their particular field of study, are recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise’.

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Prof. Csornyei and Dr Eaton’s prizes demonstrate UCL’s significant achievements in both scientific and non-scientific disciplines. This year, the Leverhulme Prizes covered five broad fields of research: History of Art; Mathematics and Statistics; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern History; and Zoology. 

Professor Marianna Csornyei (Winner, Mathematics & Statistics)
Professor Csornyei was awarded the prize for ‘her many distinguished contributions to geometric measure theory’. Central to her work is the analysis of viable definitions of ‘negligible’ in the context of infinite-dimensional situations, with a view to applications in non-linear geometric functional analysis. Technically difficult, the judges described her work as characterised by the ‘startling nature of many of her results’. A particularly ‘spectacular achievement’ highlighted was her proof that the three main notions of ‘negligibility’ coincide, and her revelation of delicate phenomena in the theory of Lipschitz quotients even in the finite dimensional case.

Professor Csornyei is conducting ongoing work about the notion of tangent fields to null sets. To find out more about Professor Csornyei’s research, please click on the relevant link at the top of the page.

Dr Natasha Eaton (Winner, History of Art)
Dr Eaton was awarded the prize for having carried out ‘outstanding work on the interrelations of British Imperial culture and the production of art in colonial India. Her research is highly enterprising and combines a rigorous attention to specific artistic questions with a strong theoretical grounding, especially in issues of colonial confrontation and some of the hybrid identities which result from it’. Her research covers art markets in both colonial India and imperial Britain, with a focus on the development of taste, diplomatic use of art as gifts, and the circulation of prints ‘between colony and conqueror’.

Dr Eaton’s forthcoming work promises a particular emphasis on the development of museums as cultural institutions in the context of Imperial South Asia. To find out more about Dr Eaton’s research, please click on the relevant link at the top of the page.

About the Awards
The Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the Founder. The Prize has been awarded since 2002, and approximately 25 Prizes are available each year across the five topics which are offered. UCL has featured winners almost every year since the Prize began; past winners include: Dr Dario Alfè (UCL Geological Sciences), Dr David Dobson (UCL Earth Sciences), Dr Ian Eames (UCL Mechanical Engineering), Dr Daniel Feltham (UCL Earth Sciences), Dr Louise K Harra (Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL), Prof. Steffen Huck (UCL Economics), Dr Maria Loh (UCL History of Art), and Dr Andrei Yafaev (UCL Mathematics).