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Pólya Prize Awarded to Terence Tao

Terence Tao

UCLA Mathematics Professor Terence Tao (with Emmanuel Candès, Stanford) has been named the recipient of the 2010 George Pólya Prize by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The award recognizes Tao’s role in developing the theory of compressed sensing and matrix completion, which enables efficient reconstruction of sparse, high-dimensional data based on very few measurements. According to the selection committee, the algorithms and analysis are not only beautiful mathematics, worthy of study for their own sake, but they also lead to remarkable solutions of practical engineering problems. The prize has been given every two years since 1969 in honor of George Pólya. UCLA Mathematics Professor Emeritus Alfred Hales and Professor Bruce Rothschild received the prize in 1971.

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