The 2006 Seki-Takakazu Prize has been awarded to The Japan-U.S. Mathematics Institute (JAMI) which is based at Johns Hopkins University. The Prize Presentation Ceremony was held on 27th March at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Chuo University during the Annual Meeting of the Mathematical Society of Japan (MSJ).
The Seki-Takakazu Prize was named for a famous Japanese mathematician of the 17th century who lived at the same time as Newton and Leibniz and established his own theory of calculus. The prize was founded in 1995 on the occasion of the 50th annual meeting of the MSJ to honor people and organizations who have supported and encouraged the development of Mathematics in Japan over many years.
The Japan -U.S. Mathematics Institute was founded in 1988 by the Johns Hopkins Mathematics Department, with the cooperation of the Office of the President of Johns Hopkins University and members of the mathematical community of Japan. JAMI exists to further cooperation between the two countries in mathematical research through broadly based programs in Mathematics. It has organized 18 annual programs in widely ranging fields of mathematics, and the current program is "Recent Developments in Higher Dimensional Algebraic Geometry".
The Seki-Takakazu Prize was first awarded in 1995 to Mr. Toyosaburo Taniguchi in recognition of his financial support for the Taniguchi International Workshop over 40 years. The second winner was Prof. Friedrich Hirzebruch who has invited many Japanese mathematicians to the University of Bonn and the Max-Planck Institut.