The 2020 CRM-PIMS Fields Prize is awarded to Prof. Catherine Sulem of the University of Toronto. The prize was awarded by a high-level international committee chosen by the three institutes. The announcement was made at the Awards Banquet of the Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting in Vancouver on December 2019. Professor Sulem is being recognized for her numerous and influential contributions to the study of non-linear partial differential equations.
Her deep results on the non-linear Schrödinger equation resolved multiple questions that had resisted analysis for years. In particular, her work is central to the understanding of self-focusing singularities to this equation. Her analysis of water waves introduced powerful new probabilistic ideas to that field. These and other ground-breaking achievements have been acknowledged earlier through her election as a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Mathematical Society, through winning the Krieger-Nelson prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society and the 2019 Association for Women in Mathematics - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (AWM-SIAM) Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, and through the award of a Killam Research Fellowship of the Canada Council for the Arts.