Stephen Wolfram Named R&D 2002 Scientist of the Year
December 12, 2002--Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, founder
of Wolfram Research, and
author of this year's best-selling book A New Kind of Science (NKS), was
recently selected as R&D Magazine's 37th Annual Scientist of the
Year. He accepted his award at the R&D Top 100 ceremonies in Chicago and is
on the cover of the magazine's November 2002 issue, which has an accompanying
nine-page spread about the man and his achievements.
"His combination of scientific, commercial, and entrepreneurial endeavors,
all aimed at advancing the state of technical computing, have made lasting
impressions on the R&D community and in every regard [he is] worthy of being our
Scientist of the Year," reads the opening citation by Tim Studt, Editor in
Chief of R&D Magazine.
The lead article focuses primarily on Wolfram--his history, present
efforts, future plans, and the driving forces behind them--while supporting
spotlight NKS as the impetus for the award, Mathematica as the
started it all, and Wolfram Research as the thriving company he created.
"While to some, his current situation may appear to be the culmination of
nearly 40 years of education and research, I'm sure that Wolfram himself
would refer to it as a beginning of a new way of looking at scientific
events and proving cause-and-effect relationships," Studt notes.
In summarizing why there was "no finer example" than Wolfram this year of
what their magazine viewed as a Scientist of the Year, R&D states ,
"Wolfram enjoys challenges and most often the challenge in life is changing
things. Changing the way that researchers do mathematics, changing the way
that math is taught, changing the way that mathematics is supported to the
R&D community, and just recently, changing the way that the world views
science." The article goes on to say, "Oh, and by the way, all of those
changes have been for the better."