Professor Stephen Cook was named to the Order of Ontario today, joining 24 other individuals "who have made a lasting mark on the province, the country and the world." The appointees to Ontario's highest honour were chosen for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will invest the appointees at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, at Queen's Park.
Cook was honoured with the following citation: "Stephen Cook is one of the world's most recognized and influential computer scientists. The Torontonian is a pioneer in the field of computational complexity. Cook's work identifies what computers can and cannot solve efficiently and his concept of 'NP-complete' is considered one of the two most essential principles in computer science."
Find more information on the award and this year's group of recipients HERE.