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MIT Alum Wins MacArthur

MIT Alum Wins MacArthur

Jon M. Kleinberg PhD ’96 was named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow today. MacArthur Fellowships, often known as “genius grants,” include a $500,000 no strings attached financial reward. Kleinberg, now a professor of computer science at Cornell University has published prolifically on topics including link analysis and modeling of the World Wide Web, discrete optimization and network algorithms, and algorithmic approaches to clustering, indexing, and data mining.

“It’s definitely a tremendous honor,” Kleinberg wrote in an e-mail last night, “and when I think about the people who’ve received it over the years, I’m very humbled to be a part of this.”

Kleinberg included working at the Laboratory for Computer Science (now part of Computer Science and Articial Intelligence Laboratory), playing hockey, Graduate Student Lunch, and “late, late nights” as being among his favorite memories of his time at MIT.

—Beckett W. Sterner