Mark Newman, University of Michigan Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics and Professor of Complex Systems, is the winner of the 2014 Lagrange Prize from the CRT Foundation. This Prize is the most significant international award for Complexity Science, established by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino and coordinated by the Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI) Foundation. The Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Turin this week to Professor Newman with the following motivation: “Professor Mark Newman is awarded the Lagrange Prize for his outstanding interdisciplinary work at the intersection of physics computational and social sciences that has opened the door to a deeper understanding of complex systems. Mark Newman is best known for his research on complex systems, and in particular for work on collaboration patterns of scientists, random graph theory, assortative mixing, community structure, [and] percolation theory. He was also co-inventor of a new method for generating cartograms. Mark Newman is a towering figure in the study of complex networks. No one has understood and mathematically formalized as deeply as Mark Newman the importance of communities and modules in the structure of social, technological and biological networks. Mark Newman is also a truly exceptional scholar and teacher with a leading role in the dissemination of science with the publication of 6 textbooks and more than 130 scientific articles."
Among his publications, Networks: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010) brings together the most important scientific studies about the Internet and several different kinds of networks, whereas The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping The Way We Live (Thames & Hudson, 2010) reveals through 366 cartograms the unsuspected numerical, statistical and algorithmic structures of our societies and everyday lives. The book is linked to the website www.worldmapper.org and was written together with Daniel Dorling and Anna Barford – in Italy published by Zanichelli with the title Atlante del mondo globale.
Established in 2008, the Lagrange Prize confirms once again in this 2014 verdict its interdisciplinary approach and its attention to the entire map of international research, with a tendency towards discovering and rewarding scientists from different countries. Former winners of the Prize are: the Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorievich Sinai and the British economist William Brian Arthur (in 2008), the Italian physicist Giorgio Parisi (2009), the American bioengineer James J. Collins (2010), the Hungarian physicist Albert László Barabási (2011), the American researcher on social networks Lada Adamic and the French economist Xavier Gabaix (in 2012), the Australian researcher specialized in small-world networks Duncan J. Watts (2013).
Named after the great scientist and mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange, born in Turin in 1736, the Lagrange Prize plays a fundamental role in reinforcing the city as a landmark of absolute excellence in the research and study of Complex Systems. A reputation confirmed by the always wider international profile of the Institute coordinating the Prize, the ISI Foundation of Turin, which has already developed dozens of European scientific projects and whose new headquarters in New York are going to be the starting point for new challenges and initiatives closely connected to the American academic and industrial system.
In the last ten years the CRT Foundation has been actively supporting the research on complex systems through the Lagrange Prize, under the scientific coordination of the ISI Foundation and on which more than 36 million euros have so far been invested. Since 2003, the Lagrange Project has financed more than 170 Ph.D. scholarships and assigned 371 research grants, helping hundreds of doctoral students and young researchers in universities and industries, thus making the culture of complexity a ground pillar of the research and science on the territory.
-Excerpts from the Ufficio Stampa Fondazione CRT Press Release