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László Lovász awarded honorary doctorate by Yale University


On 20 May 2024, Yale University awarded honorary degrees to nine individuals, in recognition of outstanding achievements or contribution to the common good, during its 323rd Commencement. László Lovász, a mathematician and research professor at the HUN-REN Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, who has taught at the prestigious US university for over half a decade, received the title of Doctor of Engineering and Technology.

The awarding of honorary degrees, which has been a Yale tradition since 1702, recognises pioneering achievement or exemplary contribution to the common good.

László Lovász was praised as a “brilliant mathematician and theoretical computer scientist,” whose “pathbreaking contributions in combinatorics, a branch of pure mathematics, have led to real-life applications in computer science, engineering and technology, statistics, and science that serve and advance humankind.” 

“Over time you have received nearly every award a mathematician can earn, including the Abel Prize, the highest award in mathematics. We are honored that you have agreed to receive one more, from the university where you taught and conducted research for over a half decade, and which itself is honored to present you with the degree of Doctor of Engineering and Technology,” President Peter Salovey remarked at the award ceremony.

Lovász László

László Lovász is a recipient of the Order of Saint Stephen and the Hungarian Corvin Chain, an Abel, Kyoto and Wolf Prize laureate, and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) and the US National Academy of Sciences. He served as President of HAS between 2014 and 2020 and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications and ten books.

We congratulate László Lovász on his latest recognition.

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