Professor Howe is being honored for his “multifaceted contributions to mathematics and to mathematics education.” Presented every two years, this award recognizes a research mathematician who has made a distinguished contribution to the mathematics profession.
The award citation states that Howe “has worked diligently over the years to broaden and professionalize the involvement of a research mathematician in educational reform, to lead us towards the goal where involvement of mathematicians in education is viewed as a well-informed professional activity by mathematicians and educators alike.”
An outstanding mathematician whose research contributions have earned him membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Howe has also assumed a leadership role in national initiatives focused on the teaching of mathematics and the education of teachers. He has served on several prominent national panels and committees focusing on the challenge of improving the teaching of mathematics.
Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the more than 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.