Mumford honored by BBVA

David Mumford, professor emeritus of applied mathematics at Brown, is one of the winners of the 2012 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of basic science. Based in Spain, the BBVA Foundation promotes scientific research of excellence by funding research projects, disseminating the results to society through diverse channels including symposia, workshops, lectures, publications, and exhibitions, and providing advanced training and research awards. The award committee cited Mumford for “his contributions to algebraic geometry and to the mathematics of computer vision. He has applied tools of variational calculus to the theory of vision and developed statistical models for imaging and pattern recognition. His work has had a lasting impact in both pure and applied mathematics.” Mumford shares the award with Belgian theoretical physicist and mathematician Ingrid Daubechies. Mumford has been honored previously with Wolf Prize in Mathematics and the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor.