Jon Kleinberg, a professor at Cornell University, has been named as the recipient of the 2008 ACM - Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
for his contributions to the science of networks and the World Wide Web
which combine deep social insights and mathematical reasoning.
Kleinberg, 37, developed models that document how information is
organized on the Web, how it spreads through large social networks, and
how these networks are structured to create the small world phenomenon
known as “six degrees of separation.” His use of mathematical models to
illuminate search and social networking tools that underpin today’s
social structure has created interest in computing from people not
formerly drawn to this field.
The ACM - Infosys
Foundation Award recognizes personal contributions by young scientists
and system developers whose innovative work exemplifies the greatest
achievements in the discipline. The award carries a prize of $150,000,
provided by an endowment from the Infosys Foundation.
Read ACM's Press Release.