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August 22, 2006

Jon Kleinberg wins the Nevanlinna Prize

Jon Kleinberg, a computer science professor at Cornell, has done it again, this time winning the Nevanlinna Prize for major contributions to the mathematical aspects of computer science (given out every four years; created in 1982; Robert Tarjan was the first recipient). What's most gratifying about his work is that he manages to ask (and answer!) questions that directly effect the way our complex world works. For instance, his work on the small world phenonema (and its more practical side: decentralized search) was the inspiration of my first graduate school research project.

Congratulations Jon!

(tip to Dragomir Radev via SOCNET)

posted August 22, 2006 10:47 AM in Scientifically Speaking | permalink


Yeah, Jon's a pretty smart guy (to say the least).

Of course, my biggest memory of him (as opposed to his work) is when I he was showing his parents the Cornell campus. For some reason, I found it amusing to see a professor do that. I'm more used to students showing their parents around.

Posted by: Mason at August 23, 2006 11:21 PM

That's pretty amusing, indeed. I met Jon for the first time at a National Academics of Science workshop on networks in Fall 2005. Not only is he really smart, but he's also a very pleasant and down-to-earth person.

Posted by: Aaron at August 24, 2006 10:15 AM