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Prize Honours Women in Science

Ingrid Daubechies, ICTP Scientific Council member, among recipients

ICTP Scientific Council member Ingrid Daubechies received the L'Oreal-UNESCO International Award for Women in Science
ICTP Scientific Council member Ingrid Daubechies received the L'Oreal-UNESCO International Award for Women in Science

13/02/2019

Ingrid Daubechies, a mathematician and physicist who serves on ICTP's Scientific Council, is among five women who have been awarded the 2019 L'Oreal-UNESCO International Awards for Women in Science. The 2019 award marks the first time the honour has been extended to the field of mathematics, where female laureates of prestigious international prizes are scarce. Indeed, the 141 laureates of the top three mathematical prizes (Fields, Wolf and Abel) include only one woman.

Daubechies is a professor of mathematics and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, USA. The L'Oreal-UNESCO award recognizes her "exceptional contribution to the numerical treatment of images and signal processing, providing standard and flexible algorithms for data compression. Her innovative research on wavelet theory has led to the development of treatment and image filtration methods used in technologies from medical imaging equipment to wireless communication".

Among her many achievements, Daubechies was the first woman to lead the International Mathematical Union, as well as the first woman to achieve the ranking of full professor at Princeton University. She has been a member of ICTP's Scientific Council since 2016.


 

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