Professor Noga Alon will receive an honorary Doctor of Mathematics (DMath) at the June 12 convocation at the University of Waterloo.
Noga received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1983 and is now Baumritter Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University. He has held visiting positions at a number of places including MIT, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), IBM Almaden Research Center, and Bell Laboratories.
Noga's work has had a profound impact. He is best known for his work on probabilistic methods in combinatorics. His book on this subject, co authored with Joel Spencer and now in its third edition, was published in 1992 and remains one of the standard references. His work on expanders is also of the greatest importance, and is cited in nearly all subsequent papers. Although renowned for his contributions using the probabilistic method, Noga uses ideas from a wide range of areas, and a number of his ideas are now standard tools in Combinatorics. Given the quality of his work, his productivity is even more remarkable - in addition to his book he has over 500 published papers.
Noga is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and of Academia Europaea. He has given plenary addresses at the 1996 European Congress of Mathematics and the 2002 International Congress of Mathematicians. He has received many awards: the Erdos Prize (1989), the Feher Prize (1991), the Polya Prize (2000), the Bruno Memorial Award (2001), the Landau Prize (2005), the Godel Prize (2005), the Israel Prize (2008), and the EMET Prize (2011). In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from ETH Zurich.