David Donoho, a professor of statistics at Stanford University, is this year’s recipient of the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences.
The American Statistical Association member was honoured ‘for his profound contributions to modern mathematical statistics’. Donoho was also noted for his role in developing mathematical and statistical tools to deal with problems such as large data-sets in high dimensions to contamination with noise. ‘His work provides fast, efficient and often optimal algorithms which are founded on rigorous mathematical analysis,’ the judges commented.
The Shaw Prize
honours six individuals who have achieved a significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research, or whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. Six individuals are honoured within three categories – astronomy, mathematical sciences, and life science and medicine. Each winner receives $1 million US dollars.
Run Run Shaw is a philanthropist who runs several foundations promoting education, scientific research, medical services and the arts. The Shaw Prize Foundation is based in Hong Kong and a presentation ceremony, scheduled for 23 September 2013, will mark its tenth year since inception.