David Donoho is best known for coining the term 'compressed sensing' while proposing a method for speeding up signals acquisition and reconstruction that today is used in MRI scanners by GE, Siemens and Philips serving millions of patients yearly.
He received an A.B. in Statistics from Princeton summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University. Dr. Donoho has served on the faculties at UC Berkeley and the Stanford University. He has also worked in industry, in oil exploration (Western Geophysical), information technology (co-founding BigFix, Inc., which was acquired by IBM), and quantitative finance (Renaissance Technologies).
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and a Foreign Associate of the French Académie des Sciences.
Donoho received honorary degrees from the University of Chicago, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, The Technion (Haifa, Israel) and the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario), and has received a MacArthur Fellowship, the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents’ award, and the Norbert Wiener Prize of the American Mathematical Society. In 2013, he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences. Donoho was awarded the Gauss Prize at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.