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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao
Born December 24, 1946 (1946-12-24) (age 63)
Shanghai, China
Fields Computer science
Institutions Stanford University
Princeton University
Tsinghua University
Notable awards Turing Award

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (Chinese: 姚期智pinyin: Yáo Qīzhì) is a prominent computer scientist and computational theorist. Yao used the minimax theorem to prove what is now known as Yao's Principle.

Yao was born in Shanghai, China. He completed his undergraduate education in physics at the National Taiwan University, before completing a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard University in 1972, and then a second PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 1996 he was awarded the Knuth Prize. He received the Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science, in 2000, "in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity".

From 1982 to 1986, he was a full professor at Stanford University. From 1986 to 2004, he was the William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, where he continued to work on algorithms and complexity. In 2004, he became a Professor of the Center for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University (CASTU) and the director of the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science (ITCS), Tsinghua University in Beijing.

He is a member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences. His wife, Frances Yao, is also a well-known theoretical computer scientist.

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