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Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship in Big Data

Whiting School of Engineering, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Established in 2013 by Michael R. Bloomberg

bloombergmichaelMICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG is the founder of Bloomberg LP, Philanthropist, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City.

He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City from 2002-2013 after leading the company he started in 1981 for 20 years. Since leaving City Hall, he has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.

Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected on issues ranging from education to health to economic development.

A lifelong philanthropist, Bloomberg founded Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. He also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions on urgent issues, including climate change, illegal guns, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment.

Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.

Held by Alexander Szalay

ALEXANDER SZALAY is an international leader in astronomy, cosmology, the science of big data, and data‐intensive computing who has significantly expanded the understanding of the structure formation and nature of dark matter in the universe. He has also led the development of computer architectures that are creating a new paradigm of data-intensive science across multiple fields.

Szalay’s research focuses on the statistical measures of the spatial distribution of galaxies and galaxy formation. He helped develop the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an astronomy project working to create the most detailed three-dimensional map of the Universe ever made, which currently includes more than one quarter of the entire night sky. Szalay and his collaborators have built scientific databases that democratized access to supercomputer simulations, changing the way researchers approach astronomy. Szalay helped build a similar database for radiation oncology, and is currently working on designing one for high-throughput genomics.

Szalay joined Johns Hopkins University in 1989 from Eötvös University and was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2015.