MTA researcher receives prestigious Claude E. Shannon Award

The IEEE Information Theory Society awarded Katalin Marton, scientific consultant with Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of MTA the most prestigious information theory prize, the Claude E. Shannon Award for her achievements in the field of multiuser information theory.

American engineer-mathematician Claude Elwood Shannon published his study on the mathematical theory of infocommunications in 1948. Since then, he has been considered the founder of information theory, a discipline that deals with the measuring, forwarding, protection and processing of information. The award bearing Shannon’s name has been awarded by the IEEE Information Society since 1972 every year to a mathematician who achieved significant results in this field of study. This year Doctor of MTA Katalin Marton received the Shannon Award, therefore she is going to present a Shannon Lecture at the next IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. Katalin Marton is the first woman and the second Hungarian to receive the prize. Another Hungarian to have received this honour was MTA member Imre Csiszár in 1996.

“It is a big surprise and an immense joy to receive the Shannon Award” said Katalin Marton in an interview she granted to MTA. I am very grateful for the Academy’s Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, where I could progress with my work in a peaceful and stimulating environment.” Marton acknowledged that her research was greatly influenced by the achievements of Imre Csiszár and external MTA member János Körner, the latter a resident of Italy. “The accomplishments which brought me this award originate from my work with Körner” she said.

    Marton‘s is the third international award won by Hungarian mathematicians this year. Full member of MTA Endre Szemerédi received the Abel Prize, the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in mathematics this spring, and full member of MTA mathematician László Lovász was elected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

As far as the next generation of Hungarian mathematicians is concerned, it is a promising sign that a former colleague of Dr Marton’s with the Academy’s Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, András Máthé has recently been awarded the International Stefan Banach Prize which honours outstanding doctoral dissertations. The young researcher, who is presently working in the United Kingdom, received the 20 thousand zloty prize of the Polish Mathematical Society at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics for his work in geometric measure theory.

Amerikai Hírújság/ mta.hu

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