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ASA Member Wins Prestigious Shaw Prize

David L. Donoho, ASA member and Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of the Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, was named the recipient of the 2013 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences.

The Shaw Prizes honor individuals who have achieved a significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

Donoho was recognized for his profound contributions to modern mathematical statistics, 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 datasets.

The announcement was made yesterday in Hong Kong by the Shaw Prize Foundation. The prize, established by the film producer Run Run Shaw, honors individuals in three categories-astronomy, mathematical sciences, and life science and medicine. Each winner receives $1 million dollars (U.S.).

A philanthropist, Shaw has created several trusts and foundations to promote education, scientific and technological research, medical and welfare services, and culture and the arts.

This will be the 10th year that the Shaw Prize has been awarded. The presentation ceremony will be held September 23. Visit the foundation's website to learn more about the Shaw Prize.