Professor of Mathematics Richard Taylor has received the 2002 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in number theory. Presented every three years by the American Mathematical Society (AMA), the prize recognizes outstanding contributions to mathematical research in number theory. The prize was awarded Monday, Jan. 7, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.

Nearly 4,000 mathematicians attended the annual joint meetings of the AMS and the Mathematical Association of America. Other professional societies involved in the meetings include the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the National Association of Mathematicians, and the Association for Symbolic Logic.

The Joint Mathematics Meetings are held for the purpose of advancing mathematical achievement, encouraging research, and providing the communication necessary for progress in the field.