American Mathematical Society
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Michael Breen, or Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Officers
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January 11, 2001

PROVIDENCE, RIóRichard P. Stanley, a mathematician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the 2001 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Presented by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics.  The prize will be awarded today at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans.

Professor Stanley is being honored for his two-volume work Enumerative Combinatorics (volume 1 published by Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole in 1986, and volume 2 published by Cambridge University Press in 1999).  The citation for the prize says that the field of enumerative combinatorics "has been expanding and evolving very rapidly, and it is quite remarkable that Stanley has been able to take a still photograph of it, so to speak, that beautifully captures its subject."

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