Maths prize established in memory of young alumnus

John Ying Wah Gibson (BSc Mathematics 2009) lost his life while running the Singapore Marathon in December 2016, just ahead of his 29th birthday. In memoriam, his estate has established the John Ying Wah Gibson Prize Fund in the Department of Mathematics.

John GibsonThe Prize Fund is available to students on any programme run by the Department of Mathematics. It is divided between the John Ying Wah Gibson Citizenship Prize –awarded to a student who demonstrates a dedicated service to society and the LSE community generally – and the John Ying Wah Gibson Voluntary Work Award, to support students pursuing voluntary work aimed at making the world a better place.

John is remembered as a dedicated student who made excellent contributions in offering support to his peers. His mother, Mee Chun Wong, an alumna of the School with a BSc in Economics from 1975, commented: “When I reflect on my son’s death I am incredibly sad. He had striven, with our support and that of his teachers, for his entire life to get to this point. He was positioned to launch into a career where he could contribute to better understanding between China and the rest of the world.”

 “However, I am also incredibly happy about what John did achieve,” she continued. “He was a peacemaker, games organiser and fun generator in our family. Since his death many people have told me how he brightened their lives. So rather than be sad about what John will not be able to do, let us rejoice in what he did do. LSE was a very happy and fulfilling period of John’s life and he stayed in close touch with the School after graduating. My husband I are very pleased to support future LSE students who, like John, are looking to make the world a better place.”