Israeli math researchers share $1.2m Shaw Prize
Professor Noga Alon and Professor Ehud Hrushovski became the second and third Israelis to win the international competition Shaw Award in mathematical sciences.
Born in 1956, Alon is one of the world’s leading researchers in mathematics and computer science. He is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University and Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Previously, Alon has won the EMET Prize, the Gödel Prize and the Israel Prize.
Born in 1959, Hrushovski is currently Merton Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Oxford, UK. He previously taught at Princeton, MIT and Hebrew University. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Shaw Prize was founded in 2002 by Hong Kong media magnate Run Run Shaw, who decided to award it annually to “persons, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief”, who have achieved significant breakthroughs in mathematics, astronomy and life. science and medicine, and have a “positive and profound impact on humanity”.
The prize in each category is $1.2 million; Alon and Hrushovski will also share it.
The Shaw Prize was awarded to these two Israelis “for their outstanding contributions to discrete mathematics and to the theory of models in interaction in particular with algebraic geometry, topology and computer science”.
In 2020, the Shaw Prize was awarded to Professor David Kashdan of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“Israel is a country that is very strong in science in general, and in math and computer science in particular,” Alon said. “The global position of Israeli research in these areas far exceeds the relative size of the population.”