JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE IMU
ROLF NEVANLINNA PRIZE IN
COMPUTER & INFORMATION SCIENCE
(56% of recipients)
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.*
* More specifically,
the recipient's fortieth birthday must occur no earlier
than January 1st of the award year.
- Robert Tarjan 1
- Leslie Valiant (1986)
- Avi Wigderson (1994)
- Jon Kleinberg (2006)
- Daniel Spielman (2010)
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.
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