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Israeli mathematician wins Turing Award

The Turing Award, known as "the Nobel Prize of Computer Science," will be awarded to Prof. Avi Wigderson, a graduate of the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technion and a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton University. The award is annually given by the ACM - the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the sixth Israeli to win this prestigious award.

Wigderson, born in Haifa, completed his bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technion. After completing his undergraduate studies in 1980, he pursued a master's and doctorate at Princeton, and today he serves as a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study at the prestigious university.

Over the years, he has published hundreds of articles and has won a series of awards and scholarships, including the Alon Fellowship, the Gödel Prize, the Knuth Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize, and the Abel Prize. In June 2023, Wigderson was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Technion, "for his significant contribution to computer science theory and discrete mathematics, including computational complexity theory, cryptography, expansive graphs, and more in appreciation for his long-standing ties with the Technion, which began with his undergraduate studies."

Technion President Prof. Uri Sivan congratulated Wigderson and said, "We are very proud of him being a Technion graduate and his long-standing ties with our research community. Last year, we awarded him an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking contributions to a wide range of topics. Winning the Turing Award expresses the global recognition of Prof. Wigderson's exceptional contributions, and we congratulate him on this great honor and joy."

"Prof. Wigderson's immense contribution to the worlds of mathematics and computer science, which earned him international recognition, has now led to his selection for the Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of computer science. This is an excellent example of a graduate who completed his studies and has since dedicated his career to advancing human knowledge. As a brilliant researcher in both these fields, mathematics and computer science, there is no one more deserving of this award."

Yaron Drukman