JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE IMU ROLF NEVANLINNA PRIZE IN
COMPUTER & INFORMATION SCIENCE

(56% of recipients)

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Listed below are recipients of the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize in computer and information science who were, or are, Jewish (or of half-Jewish descent, as noted).  Awarded alongside the Fields Medals every four years by the International Mathematical Union at the International Congress of Mathematicians, the Nevanlinna Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to mathematical aspects of the information sciences by individuals who are forty years of age or younger.*
  • Robert Tarjan 1 (1982)
  • Leslie Valiant (1986)
  • Avi Wigderson (1994)
  • Jon Kleinberg (2006)
  • Daniel Spielman  (2010)
NOTES
* More specifically, the recipient's fortieth birthday must occur no earlier than January 1st of the award year.

1.
Son of Dr. George Tarjan, 112th President of the American Psychiatric Association, who "was raised in an intellectual, liberal Jewish family" in Hungary, where his parents and younger brother Endre perished in the Holocaust; see obituary in the American Journal of Psychiatry (150:5, May 1993, pp. 691-694).   

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