The Royal Society announced the winners of 24 medals and awards on July 19, 2018. The annual prizes recognize exceptional researchers who make outstanding contributions to science. Professor Dusa McDuff, the Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics, received the 2018 Sylvester Medal, which is awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field of mathematics. McDuff received the award for “her pioneering role in the development of the new field of symplectic geometry and topology. Her outstanding work includes many fundamental theorems and she has been inspirational for generations of mathematicians.” 

McDuff has won numerous awards. In January, 2017, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick

The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Sylvester Medal was first awarded in 1901. The medal is made of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. The Royal Medals are among the Royal Society’s premier awards and are made on behalf of the Queen each year.