Jennifer Tour Chayes
University of California, Berkeley
Computer scientist; Research institution founder and administrator; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Contributed to the fields of mathematical physics, applied mathematics, and theoretical computer science through research on phase transitions and their applications in many areas. One of the world leaders in the emerging field of network science with applications to computer science, mathematics, the social sciences, economics, and systems biology. In particular, one of the inventors of the field of graphons. Also contributed significantly to computer science and related fields through founding and leading groups of researchers at Microsoft Research. Founded a world-renowned theoretical computer science group at Microsoft Research Redmond in 1997, and two world-renowned interdisciplinary laboratories in computer science and related fields, Microsoft Research New England in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City in 2012. Twice a Member of the Institute Study, 1994-5 and 1996-7. Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Fields Institute, Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Mathematical Association. Recipient, Women of Vision Leadership Award from the Anita Borg Institute in 2012, John von Neumann Lecture Award (the highest honor of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in 2015, and Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University in 2016.