The American Philosophical Society has announced its newest class of members, among whom is David L. Donoho, Professor of Statistics and Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.

David Donoho has made fundamental contributions to theoretical and computational statistics, as well as to signal processing and harmonic analysis. His algorithms have contributed significantly to our understanding of the maximum entropy principle, of the structure of robust procedures, and of sparse data description. His research interests include “the mathematics of statistical inference and theoretical questions arising in applying harmonic analysis to various applied problems.” They have ranged from data visualization to problems in scientific signal processing, image processing, and inverse problems.

The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” The Society’s activities reflect the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and convey the conviction of its members that intellectual inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the public interest.