President Obama Honours Three Math Scientists in White House Ceremony

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On November 20, in awarding the 2014 National Medal of Science to ten distinguished scientists and engineers, President Barack Obama recognized the achievements of three mathematical scientists. Alexandre Chorin (first photo in gallery), a University Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, was credited with “the development of revolutionary methods for realistic fluid flow simulation, now ubiquitous in the modeling and design of engines, aircraft wings, and heart valves,” as well as in the analysis of natural flows.

Citing Thomas Kailath (second photo in gallery), Hitachi America Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Stanford University, “for transformative contributions to the fields of information and systems science,” Obama also recognized his “distinctive and sustained mentoring of young scholars,” as well as his “translation of scientific ideas into entrepreneurial ventures that have had a significant impact on industry.”

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