University of Galway mathematical science student wins prestigious Hamilton Prize

From left, Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec; 2023 Hamilton Prize for Mathematics winner and University of Galway student Dmytro Lyubka; and Professor Wendelin Werner, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Nov 02 2023 Posted: 11:06 GMT

Fourth year Mathematical Science student at University of Galway, Dmytro Lyubka, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Hamilton Prize.

Dmytro Lyubka, who came to Ireland from Ukraine 17 years ago, is one of nine students to have been honoured by the Royal Irish Academy with the award given to the top mathematical students in their final year of study as nominated by their university.

The honour commemorates famed Irish scientist William Rowan Hamilton and his discovery of quaternion algebra in Dublin on October 16, 1843 - a four dimensional number system which has been used in satellite navigation and video game programming. 

Dmytro Lyubka, who is originally from Kiev in Ukraine and now living in Galway City, said:  “I am deeply honoured to receive this award, which not only recognises my dedication to mathematics but, more importantly, stands as a testament to the incredible support and encouragement I've received from my family and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway – both of whom have my sincerest gratitude. 

“Mathematics has always been my passion, and this award only fuels my enthusiasm to continue exploring this vast and intricate world. I would like to extend my thanks to the RIA for organising the Hamilton Day Event, as well as to Professor Wendelin Werner for his invaluable advice and insights during the exclusive masterclass.”

In recognition of their mathematical excellence, the awardees each received a cash prize of €500, a certificate of achievement and attended an exclusive masterclass with the 2023 Hamilton Lecture speaker, Professor Wendelin Werner, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics in the University of Cambridge.

Professor Aisling McCluskey, Head of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway, said: “On behalf of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Galway, I am delighted to acknowledge and celebrate the award to Dmytro Lyubka of the prestigious Hamilton Prize. The prize is a tremendous honour, recognising the exceptional talent of Dymtro and others like him from universities across the country. Indeed Dymtro’s Mathematical Science class of 2024 has a formidable talent base underscoring stiff competition for this special prize.  

“We are fortunate to attract students of such calibre and to provide opportunities to harness and showcase their talent as they progress in final year and into future STEM careers. We are proud that Dymtro joins the list of Hamilton Prize winners, representing our School and our University nationally for the 2023 prize. Ar son na Scoile, comhghairdeachas, Dymtro!”


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