Newsletter 6/2010

Humboldtian receives Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences

Hungarian mathematician László Lovász awarded this year’s Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences.

László Lovász
László Lovász
Photo: Inamori Foundation

László Lovász is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Valued at 50 million Yen (approx. 450,000 EUR), he was awarded the prize in November for his outstanding contribution to the mathematical sciences. In the words of the selection committee, the 62 year-old scientist’s research had created a link between various branches of mathematics.

From 1984 to 1985, László Lovász spent 12 months working as a Humboldt Research Fellow alongside Bernhard Korte at the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics at the University of Bonn.

Established in 1984 by the founder of the Japanese technology enterprise Kyocera, Kazuo Inamori, the Kyoto Prize is one of the leading cultural and scientific awards. It is granted annually by the Inamori Foundation.

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