Fan recognized for accomplishments in applied math, statistics

By Hilary Parker
February 05, 2008

Jianqing Fan, professor of operations research and financial engineering, received the Morningside Gold Medal of Applied Mathematics at the Fourth International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians. The medals are presented every three years to outstanding mathematicians of Chinese descent under age 45.

Fan was recognized with the award, also known as a Chinese Fields Medal, "for his ground-breaking and seminal work in nonparametric modeling and inferences, for his fundamental contributions to high-dimensional statistical learning, nonlinear time series and biostatistics, and his achievements toward the development of novel statistical techniques in finance and molecular biology."

The Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance and director of the Committee on Statistical Studies, Fan also has been invited to deliver the Laplace Lecture as a plenary speaker at the Seventh World Congress in Probability and Statistics, to take place in July in Singapore.

A member of the University faculty since 2003, Fan is the president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.  Among his previous accomplishments, he received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and was named the Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer by the Harvard School of Public Health.