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The Councils of the IMA and LMS have awarded the 2017 David Crighton Medal to Professor I. David Abrahams, for his outstanding service to both mathematics and the mathematical community.

David developed the technically demanding Wiener-Hopf techniques for applications in real problems, and created a vibrant group working on waves in Manchester. 

In terms of service to the community, David has performed almost all the important roles of a leader in the mathematics community: he has sat on and chaired committees for the Research Councils including the SAT, served on the REF panel twice, and taken senior leadership roles as President of the IMA, Scientific Director at ICMS. He is now Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, where the TGM delivers knowledge exchange. In all these positions he has supported both the mathematical sciences (in the broadest sense) and mathematical scientists, as well as being an active champion of knowledge exchange with industry and others outside mathematics.