NYU S Naor Wins 2008 Salem Prize

Award Given to Young Mathematicians in Field of Analysis

Assaf Naor, an associate professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the 2008 Salem Prize for his contributions to the structural theory of metric spaces and their applications to computer science.

The prize was established by the widow of Raphael Salem in 1968 and is awarded to young mathematicians judged to have done outstanding work in Salem’s field of interest—the theory of Fourier series, an infinite series used to solve differential equations. Boaz Klartag, an associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Tel-Aviv University, also received the Salem Prize this year. Akshay Venkatesh, an associate professor at Courant, won the 2007 Salem Prize.

Naor, 33, works primarily in the area of metric spaces, which are abstract mathematical “universes” in which one can quantitatively measure the distance between any two points. These include distanc 500

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