The ﬁrst Stephen Smale Prize was awarded at the FoCM'11 meeting in Budapest on July 14th, 2011 to Prof. Snorre H. Christiansen, University of Oslo. Christiansen received the Smale prize for his pioneering work on the foundation of computational mathematics. Most of his work is motivated by the design of numerical methods for various equations arising in physics, and he has made substantial contributions to a number of key areas related to modern scientific computing. Through his work Christiansen has given many examples on how various topics from pure mathematics, such as homological algebra and algebraic topology, can be used as crucial tools for developing and understanding computational procedures.
More information (on the laureate, the prize and the Society for the Foundations of Computational Mathematics): http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/na/FoCM11/smale_prize.html