Ronald Coifman
Coifman at the ICM 2018
Born (1941-06-29) June 29, 1941 (age 82)
Tel Aviv, Israel [1]
United States
Alma materUniversity of Geneva
AwardsNational Medal of Science (1999)
Rolf Schock Prize (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsYale University

Washington University in St. Louis

University of Chicago
Doctoral advisorJovan Karamata
Doctoral studentsVictor Wickerhauser
Sijue Wu
Andrea Nahmod
Naoki Saito
Christoph Thiele

Ronald Raphael Coifman is the Sterling professor of Mathematics at Yale University. Coifman earned a doctorate from the University of Geneva in 1965, supervised by Jovan Karamata.[2]

Coifman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the 1996 DARPA Sustained Excellence Award, the 1996 Connecticut Science Medal, the 1999 Pioneer Award of the International Society for Industrial and Applied Science, and the 1999 National Medal of Science.[3][4]

Prior to teaching at Yale, Coifman taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago.[5]

In 2013, he co-founded ThetaRay, a cyber security and big data analytics company.[6]

In 2018, he received the Rolf Schock Prize for Mathematics.[7] In 2024 he will be awarded the George David Birkhoff Prize.[8]


  1. ^ Birth Place
  2. ^ Ronald Coifman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Ronald Coifman, Ph.D., University of Geneva, 1965". Yale University. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ National Science Foundation – The President's National Medal of Science
  5. ^ "Yale mathematician awarded Presidential Medal of Science". YaleNews. 2000-02-01. Retrieved 2023-11-23.
  6. ^ "Israel's ThetaRay turns to maths to detect cyber threats". Reuters. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  7. ^ "A mathematician, a logician, a soloist and an Italian avant-gardist are awarded the Rolf Schock Prizes 2018". Swedish Royal Academies. March 15, 2018.
  8. ^ George David Birkhoff Prize 2024