10 Facts About Avi Wigderson


Avi Wigderson is an Israeli mathematician and computer scientist.

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Avi Wigderson received the Abel Prize in 2021 for his work in theoretical computer science.

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Avi Wigderson was born in Haifa, Israel, to Holocaust survivors.

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Avi Wigderson is a graduate of the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, and did his undergraduate studies at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, graduating in 1980, and went on to graduate study at Princeton University.

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Avi Wigderson received the Nevanlinna Prize in 1994 for his work on computational complexity.

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Avi Wigderson was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

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Avi Wigderson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

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Avi Wigderson was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2018 for "contributions to theoretical computer science and mathematics".

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In 2019, Avi Wigderson was awarded the Knuth Prize for his contributions to "the foundations of computer science in areas including randomized computation, cryptography, circuit complexity, proof complexity, parallel computation, and our understanding of fundamental graph properties".

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In 2021 Avi Wigderson shared the Abel Prize with Laszlo Lovasz “for their foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, and their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics.

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