Dijkstra Fellowships

In recognition of Edsger Dijkstra’s exceptional contributions to science, CWI bestows the Dijkstra Fellowships on scientists who have accomplished groundbreaking research in mathematics and computer sciences.

In recognition of Edsger Dijkstra’s exceptional contributions to science, CWI bestows the Dijkstra Fellowships on scientists who have accomplished groundbreaking research in mathematics and computer science.

The Dijkstra Fellowships are awarded once every five years. In 2019, CWI granted the first Dijkstra Fellowships to David Chaum and Guido van Rossum. The awarding ceremony served as the midpoint of the annual CWI Lectures, which was held on 21 and 22 November 2019. During the CWI Lectures, Chaum and Van Rossum discussed their work and views on future developments. Also, other key players in Chaum’s and Van Rossum’s areas of expertise presented their recent advances.

The Dijkstra Fellowships are named in honour of eminent mathematician and computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra, who developed pioneering work at CWI, such as his shortest path algorithm. Dijkstra is considered one of the most influential researchers in mathematics and computing science’s founding generation.

 
The first Dijkstra Fellows: Guido van Rossum (left) and David Chaum.