Butcher Prize

The Butcher Prize in Numerical Analysis has been established in recognition of John's long and productive career in numerical analysis,and in particular in the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations. He is well known in the international community for his contributions in this area.

In 1966, John was appointed Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Mathematics department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Apart from a period of ten years as inaugural Professor of the Computer Science department, he has been associated with the Auckland Mathematics department ever since.

In keeping with John's consistent encouragement of students, the award is for the best student talk at SciCADE. In particular, consideration is based on both the academic merit of the content and the presentation itself.

The Butcher Prize in Numerical Analysis and the associated funds are administered by the New Zealand branch of ANZIAM.

  • Eligibility
    All graduate students presenting papers at one of the biennial SciCADE conferences are eligible to be considered for this award. However a former winner of the award is not eligible to be considered for a second award.
  • Definition of student
    The International Scientific Committee (ISC) of the conference will determine if a potential candidate is a bona fide student, possibly consulting the person's advisor or supervisor.
  • Selection
    The ISC, or their nominees, shall make the selection of the award winner. This will be based on the scientific content of the abstract and the lecture, and on the quality of the presentation.
  • The Award
    The Award shall consist of a sum of money determined by the New Zealand branch of ANZIAM before each SciCADE conference together with a certificate.

How to apply:

If you are a student and would like to apply for the Butcher Prize, please do the following:

  1. Register for the SciCADE09 conference and submit the abstract of your talk.
  2. Please email your name, your supervisorí»s name, and relevant contact details including your affiliation to Priscilla Tse ( by the closing deadline of the award. Application is NOW CLOSED.
  3. Please ask your supervisor to send a short email to Priscilla Tse ( in support of your application for the Butcher Prize.

We encourage all students who plan to present in SciCADE09 to apply for the Butcher Prize. Further questions concerning this Prize should be addressed to Priscilla Tse.

This year, the Butcher Prize in Numerical Analysis is awarded to Mr. Ludwig Gauckler. Congratulations!


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Updated on May 29, 2009