David Aldous

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David Aldous

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Aldous in 1999
Born (1952-07-13) 13 July 1952 (age 70)
NationalityBritish, American
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
AwardsLoève Prize (1993)
Rollo Davidson Prize (1980)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorDavid J. H. Garling

David John Aldous FRS (born 13 July 1952) is a mathematician known for his research on probability theory and its applications, in particular in topics such as exchangeability, weak convergence, Markov chain mixing times, the continuum random tree and stochastic coalescence. He entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1970 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 1977 under his advisor, D. J. H. Garling.[1] Aldous was on the faculty at University of California, Berkeley from 1979 until his retirement in 2018.[2][3]

He was awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in 1980, the Loève Prize in 1993,[4] and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994.[5] In 2004, Aldous was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[6] From 2004 to 2010, Aldous was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.[7] He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 1998 in Berlin[8] and a plenary speaker at the ICM in 2010 in Hyderabad.[9] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[10] He discovered (independently from Andrei Broder) an algorithm for generating a uniform spanning tree of a given graph.

Selected publications[edit]


  • Aldous, David (1989). Probability approximations via the Poisson clumping heuristic. Applied Mathematical Sciences. Vol. 77. New York: Springer-Verlag. pp. xvi+269. ISBN 0-387-96899-7. MR 0969362.

As editor[edit]


  • Aldous, David, "Deterministic and stochastic models for coalescence (aggregation and coagulation): a review of the mean-field theory for probabilists". Bernoulli 5 (1999) pp. 3–48.
  • Aldous, David, "Exchangeability and related topics". Lecture Notes in Math., 1117 (1985) pp 1–198. Springer, Berlin.


  1. ^ David Aldous at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Professor Aldous Starts a New Chapter: Retirement" (PDF). Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  3. ^ "David Aldous's Home Page". Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  4. ^ "The Loeve Prize". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  5. ^ "David Aldous". Royal Society. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Members of the American Academy Listed by election year, 2000-2019" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  7. ^ "All Professors at Large 1965 to 2025". Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ Aldous, David J. (1998). "Stochastic coalescence". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 205–211.
  9. ^ Aldous, David J. (2010). "Exchangeability and continuum limits of discrete random structures". Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 Hyderabad. Vol. I. pp. 141–153. ISBN 9789814462938.
  10. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 3 November 2012.

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