Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University of Toronto Researcher Collects Prestigious Science Prize

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

University of Toronto Researcher Collects Prestigious Science Prize

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Toronto prof wins prestigious science prize

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OTTAWA - A Toronto researcher with a million-dollar question has been awarded the country's highest science research honour.

Stephen Cook, a University of Toronto mathematician and computer scientist will receive $1 million in research funding over the next five years as the recipient of the Herzberg Gold Medal from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Cook has made key contributions to computational theory, algorithm design, programming languages and mathematical logic. His research is among the essential theoretical results in computer science.

He is also noted for posing a question so difficult to solve that whoever comes up with the solution will receive $1 million.

Cook's question, known as the "P versus NP problem," is one of seven Millennium Prize Problems in math established by the Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Mass.

Announced in 2000, only one of the seven has been solved so far. …

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