The recipient is Professor Ingrid Daubechies, currently a professor of mathematics at Duke University. She is an accomplished physicist and applied mathematician whose research in wavelet theory has made tremendous strides in fields like deep space imagery, the electronic sharing of highly detailed fingerprints, detection of forged documents, digital cinema and medical imaging.
In addition to being a leader in her own field, Prof. Daubechies is a trailblazer for women in mathematics, becoming the first female full professor of mathematics at Princeton University and the first woman to preside as president of the International Mathematical Union.
She will be receiving €100,000 to advance her work and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Paris on March 14, 2019.
Professor Daubechies will be honored alongside four Laureates, these exceptional women are recognised for the excellence of their research in the fields of material science, mathematics and computer science:
—Africa and the Arab States: Professor Najat Aoun Saliba for her research in analytical and atmospheric chemistry;
—Asia Pacific: Professor Maki Kawai for her work in chemistry;
—Latin America: Professor Karen Hallberg for her research in condensed matter physics; and
—Europe: Professor Claire Voisin for her research in algebraic geometry.
According to L'Oréal, in the domain of scientific research, the glass ceiling is still a reality: Only 28% of researchers are women, 11% of senior academic roles are held by women, and just 3% of Nobel Prizes for science have been awarded to women. The highest ranks in the mathematics field are particularly devoid of women; in recognizing mathematics and computer science with the International Award for the first time, the L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO seek to reinforce their efforts to empower women across all scientific fields.
Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers. In its 21 years, the For Women in Science program has supported and raised the profile of 107 laureates and more than 3,000 talented young scientists in 117 countries.
PHOTO: Professor Ingrid Daubechies