University of Toronto researchers won or shared honours in six of eight prize categories in this year’s awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), presented Feb. 27 in Ottawa.
The department's Stephen Cook, University Professor Emeritus of computer science, received the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. A pioneering mathematician, Cook’s ideas have spawned new fields of inquiry and he has made celebrated contributions to complexity theory, computational theory, algorithm design, programming languages and mathematical logic. At U of T, Cook is known as an innovative teacher and has been awarded the title University Professor, the highest honour the institution bestows on its faculty. (Read a Q & A with Cook here.)
The Herzberg Medal is awarded annually by NSERC for both the sustained excellence and overall influence of research work conducted in Canada in the natural sciences or engineering. The department is pleased and honoured to celebrate a Herzberg winner again, after Geoff Hinton won the prize in 2010. More on Stephen Cook's Herzberg can be found here.
Congratulations to Steve on this distinguished achievement!
"2 Minutes with Stephen Cook", a video created by NSERC, can be found here
See media about the 2012 Herzberg Prize at the links below:
- University of Toronto News
- Globe & Mail
- Calgary Herald
- CBC News
Note: some of the content above was excerpted from the U of T News story on the 2012 NSERC recipients.