May 26, 2016

1999 CRM-Fields Prize Winner: Professor Stephen A. Cook

January 1999 -The Centre de recherches mathématiques and the Fields Institute are pleased to announce the winner of the CRM-Fields prize for 1999: Professor Stephen A. Cook of the University of Toronto.

Stephen Cook was born in Buffalo, New York. He received his BSc degree from the University of Michigan in 1961 and his SM and PhD degrees from Harvard University in 1962 and 1966 respectively. From 1966 to 1970 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the University of Toronto in 1970 as an Associate Professor and was promoted to a Professor in 1975.

Dr. Cook's principal research area is computational complexity, with excursions into programming language semantics, parallel computation and especially the interaction between login and complexity theory. He has authored over 50 research papers, including his famous 1971 paper, "The Complexity of Theorem Proving Procedures," which introduced the theory of NP completeness.

Dr. Cook was the 1982 recipient of the Turing award, and was awarded a Steacie Fellowship in 1977 and a Killam Research Fellowship in 1982. He received computer science teaching awards in 1989 and 1995. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences (United States) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Cook will present lectures at both institutes in fall 1999.