After the death of Sir Edmund Whittaker in 1956 his son John Whittaker most generously gave on behalf of the Whittaker Family the sum of £500 to the Edinburgh Mathematical Society to establish a prize for mathematical work in memory of his father. The main rules governing the award of the prize are as follows:

- Prizes will be awarded for published work of particular merit in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical statistics or mathematical physics.

- Normally one or more prizes of at least £50 will be awarded at four-yearly intervals, but an award may be withheld if no eligible work of sufficient merit has been published.

- A candidate for a prize

- must be 35 years of age or less at the time of the award,

- must either be a graduate of a Scottish University and/or have been engaged in postgraduate research in Scotland for at least three years.

- must be 35 years of age or less at the time of the award,
- No prizewinner shall be eligible thereafter.

The winners are listed below:

**1961** A G Mackie and A H Wallace

**1965** J B McLeod

**1970** D J S Robinson

**1973** A M Davie

**1977** G Brown and C A Stuart

**1981** J M Ball

**1985** J Howie

**1989** A A Lacey and M Röckner

**1993** M A Berger and A W Reid

**1997** A D Rendall

**2001** M L McQuillan and J A Sherratt

**2005** T Bridgeland

**2009** A Smoktunowicz

**2013** S White

**2016** A Bayer