Last Thursday was the IMA-LMS David Crighton Award Lecture and Medal Presentation 2024. Awarded every two years, as the winner of the 2023 IMA-LMS David Crighton Award winner, Professor Alison Etheridge FRS-OBE presented her lecture on Modelling Genes after formally receiving the medal award.

The David Crighton Medal Award

Instituted in 2002 by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the London Mathematical Society (LMS) in memory of Professor David George Crighton FRS, the medal award is presented biennially. It celebrates the services of a member of the community to mathematics and to the mathematical community. The person the award is presented to is decided by the Councils of the Institute and Society.

This is a great honour. David Crighton was one of my mathematical heroes. It was through one of his lectures that I first saw that looking at the physical world through a mathematical lens could not only help us understand a bit more about the world around us, but also enable us to uncover rich and beautiful mathematical structures.

Professor Alison Etheridge, FRS-CBE

A Leading Researcher and Role Model

Excellence in Mathematics

With this award, Prof. Alison has been recognised for the amazing work she has completed in mathematics and academia. She has a wide and varied career, including working as the Head of the Department of Statistics (University of Oxford) between 2019 – 2022, and acted as the president Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for 2017-2018.

Due to her high level of achievements, this is not the first award the Professor has received in recognition of her work. In 2017, Etheridge received the Anne Bennett Prize from LMS and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Women Supporting Women

During her on-going career, it has been noted Professor Alison is a great role model for women and has been part of those paving the way for future generation in gender equality in the STEM fields. She has made concerted effort to provide support and encouragement for women in mathematics, whether they’re completing their doctoral studies and/or research, to those who are her junior colleagues. The experience she has gained has helped many women, not only by giving them advice but also providing advice for their partners on how they can be supportive and assist in balancing work and family. Additionally, she has also contributed to how employers can support women within the workplace.


Alison has been an effective role model and mentor for women in mathematics; her appointments in important roles during her career signal the high esteem in which she is held and the mathematical community’s recognition of her dedication and abilities as a leader in her field

London Mathematical Society, 2023

Congratulations, once again, Professor Alison! We're grateful for the outstanding work you've done and continue to do for the mathematics community. Thank you for all your contributions and fantastic leadership.

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