David Donoho wins $1 million mathematics prize

June 3rd, 2013

DAVID DONOHO, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named the 2013 Shaw Laureate in mathematics. Awarded by the Hong Kong-based Shaw Foundation, the Shaw Prize recognizes recent breakthroughs by active researchers in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and life and medical sciences. Donoho is a professor of statistics.

The Shaw Prize was established in 2002 by Run Run Shaw, a film and television producer in Asia and noted philanthropist. The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is one of the most prestigious in mathematics and includes a $1 million award.

Donoho, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1990, was recognized for his work to get a more detailed analysis out of large numerical data sets. Specifically, the award committee cited his “profound contributions to modern mathematical statistics and in particular the development of optimal algorithms for statistical estimation in the presence of noise and of efficient techniques for sparse representation and recovery in large data sets.”

—BJORN CAREY