Young EIROforum prizewinner visits CERN

On 27 to 31 July, CERN welcomed Paul Clarke, an 18-year-old Irish mathematician who won a CERN EIROforum prize (second place) at EUCYS 2014 (European Union Contest for Young Scientists).


Paul Clarke, visiting the new Microcosm exhibit.

In addition to a €5000 prize, Paul visited the Laboratory and its experiments, meeting and speaking with CERN physicists and computer scientists.

Paul's winning project is entitled "Contributions to cyclic graph theory." As the summary of the project suggests, graph theory is an area of pure mathematics which studies properties of linkages and networks. It has applications in several areas including computing, molecular structure, neuroscience, search engines, engineering etc. This project makes a profound contribution to the study of graphs. It identifies key concepts and provides the methodology to apply them to some long-standing major problems in the subject with great success.

Paul has just finished high school and would like to study mathematics at the University of Cambridge. We wish him all the best!

For more information about the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, click hereFor more about the 2014 contest and winners, click here.

by CERN Bulletin