W.K. Clifford

The English mathematician and philosopher William Kingdon Clifford was born in Exeter in 1845. He attended King's College London and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected fellow in 1868. In 1871, he was appointed professor of mathematics and mechanics at University College London, and in 1874 became a fellow of the Royal Society. Suffering from severe health problems, he went to the island of Madeira to recover, but died there of tuberculosis in 1879, leaving a widow with two children.

W.K. Clifford is best remembered for what is now termed geometric algebra, a special

case of the Clifford algebra named in his honour, but he also contributed significantly to other branches of mathematics, especially geometry. Anticipating Albert Einstein, he made some remarkable observations about space-time and relativity, suggesting that gravitation might be a manifestation of an underlying geometry.

W.K. Clifford also was a prominent philosopher with strong ethical principles.

William Kingdon Clifford (1845-1879)

2011 Weimar

Hendrik De Bie

Ghent University - Belgium

2014 Tartu

David Eelbode

University of Antwerp - Belgium

The 2017 Jury

The William Kingdon CLIFFORD Prize

E. Bayro-Corrochano

CINVESTAV, Guadalajara, Mexico

H. De Schepper

Ghent University, Belgium

L. Dorst

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

D. Eelbode

University of Antwerp, Belgium

K. Gürlebeck

Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany

N. Marchuk

Steklov Mathematical Institute RAS, Russia

T. Qian

University of Macau, China

I. Sabadini

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

V. Soucek

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

S. Staples

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA

J. Tolksdorf

Max Planck Inst. for Math. in the Sci., Leipzig

Secretary: H. De Bie

Ghent University, Belgium

Former Jury members

R. Ablamovicz

V. Abramov

P. Anglès

F. Brackx

R. Da Rocha

H. De Bie

D. Hildenbrand

E. Hitzer

J. Lasenby

W. A. Rodrigues