Lovász wins 2010 Kyoto Prize

June 18, 2010

László Lovász -- director of the Mathematical Institute at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary and current president of the International Mathematical Union -- has won the 2010 Kyoto Prize in basic sciences for "Outstanding Contributions to Mathematical Sciences Based on Discrete Optimization Algorithms."

According to the citation:

"Through his advanced research on discrete structures, Dr. Lovász has provided a link among various branches of mathematics in terms of algorithms, thereby influencing a broad spectrum of the mathematical sciences - including discrete mathematics, combinatorial optimization and theoretical computer science. In so doing, Dr. Lovász has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of both the academic and technological possibilities of the mathematical sciences."

This prize carries a monetary award of 50 million yen.

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