Leon Simon, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, will receive the 2017 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research. Simon is honored “for his fundamental contributions to Geometric Analysis and in particular for his 1983 paper ‘Asymptotics for a Class of Non-Linear Evolution Equations, with Applications to Geometric Problems,’ published in the Annals of Mathematics.”

“Leon Simon’s paper has had extraordinary impact on analysis, geometry and applied mathematics,” the prize citation says, noting that hundreds of papers have been written based on the insights contained in the paper. “Without a doubt Simon’s ideas will continue to be applied and further developed in future work.”