A joint committee of the Japanese Association for Mathematical Biology and the Society for Mathematical Biology has selected Martin Nowak, who was recently appointed to a Professorship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, as the winner of the first Okubo prize.
The Okubo prize is to be awarded alternately for a distinguished work by a scientist under 40 and for lifetime achievement. The committee cited Nowak "for his paper in Theoretical Population Biology on stochastic strategies in the prisoner's dilemma. In addition to its own merit of introducing the effects of error or uncertainty in strategies, this paper triggered a stream of related work on the evolution of cooperation."
Committee members were L. Edelstein-Keshet, Y Iwasa, M. Mimura, L. Segel (Chair), and N. Sigesada.