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Assaf Naor wins Nemmers Prize in mathematics

April 13, 2018 1:37 p.m.

Assaf Naor, a professor of mathematics at Princeton, has won the 2018 Frederick Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics from Northwestern University for his profound work on the geometry of metric spaces, which has led to breakthroughs in the theory of algorithms.

Assaf Naor

Assaf Naor

Naor specializes in analysis and geometry, including related questions in combinatorics, probability and theoretical computer science. In fall 2016, he was named the Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics, a rotating distinguished professorship newly awarded each semester. He is also affiliated faculty with the theoretical computer science group.

The five Nemmers awards are given every other year and carry some of the largest monetary stipends in their fields. Winners of the prizes in economics, mathematics, earth sciences and medical science each receive $200,000, and the winner in music composition receives $100,000.

Like the other award recipients, Naor will spend an academic quarter on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, during the 2018-19 academic year.