Dean's Award: Kania completes the hat-trick
Many congratulations to Tomasz Kania, who has won the Faculty of Science and Technology Dean's Award for Excellence in PhD Studies in the third-year category, thus completing an unprecedented clean sweep, having also won it in his first and second year.
The panel stated that "Kania has clearly demonstrated continued excellence and has successfully built on the excellence demonstrated in the last two years".
He submitted his 200+-page thesis entitled "Closed ideals of operators on Banach spaces of continuous functions" at the beginning of this month, after just three years of PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Niels Laustsen. The thesis is based on eight papers, five of which have already been published. This represents a truly outstanding feat of high-level productivity; we believe that this is the highest achievement of a PhD student in the history of Pure Mathematics at Lancaster.
In September Kania was selected as one of a very small number of UK-based students to take part in the inaugural Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The aim of this meeting was to bring together the best early-career researchers in mathematics and computer science with winners of the most prestigious awards in these two disciplines: the Abel, Fields, and Turing Laureates.
Upon completion of his PhD, Kania will take up a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship, jointly held at the Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Warsaw. We wish him all the best, and hope to see him back in the UK in the future!
Mon 21 October 2013