Past winners

An invitation to give a Kolmogorov Lecture acknowledges life-long research contributions to one of the fields initiated or transformed by Kolmogorov.

Professor Robert Merton

Prof. Merton won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1997, for his pioneering contributions to continuous-time finance, and the Black–Scholes formula.

Professor Yakov Sinai

Prof. Sinai is well-known for his work on dynamical systems, which have provided the groundwork for advances in the physical sciences.

Professor Jorma Rissanen

Prof. Rissanen was the inventor of the minimum description length principle and practical approaches to arithmetic coding for lossless data compression.

Professor Per Martin-Löf

Prof. Martin-Löf is internationally renowned for his work on the foundations of probability, statistics, mathematical logic, type theory which has influenced computer science.

Professor Leonid Levin

Prof. Levin is well-known for his work in randomness in computing, algorithmic complexity and intractability, foundations of mathematics and computer science.

Professor Ray Solomonoff

Prof. Solomonoff was the inventor of algorithmic probability, his General Theory of Inductive Inference, and was a founder of algorithmic information theory.

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A History

Andrei Kolmogorov (1903-1987) made fundamental contributions to probability theory, statistics, analysis, mathematical logic, the theory of algorithms, information theory, the theory of dynamic systems. His discoveries completely changed many of these areas. He was a brilliant teacher, with many of his students and followers continuing his groundbreaking work.

In 1998, Royal Holloway, University of London, established the Computer Learning Research Centre under the directorship of Alexander Gammerman. Professor Gammerman and the Centre's Deputy Director, Vladimir Vovk, were joined by several outstanding researchers in the field of Kolmogorov Complexity.

To celebrate the centenary of Kolmogorov's birth (25 April 1903), the Computer Learning Research Centre proposed the establishment of the University of London Kolmogorov Lecture and Medal. This decision was approved in 2002, and the Lectures have been held since then at Royal Holloway, University of London.


The Orgainising and Programme Board consist of members from several Colleges within the University of London. The Advisory Board conists of some of the previous Kolmogorov speakers who give advice on future speaker nominations.

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