TAU’s Prof. Yoav Benjamini elected member of National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Benjamini is a statistician best known for development of the “false discovery rate” criterion

14 May 2020

Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Yoav Benjamini was elected to become a member of  National Academy of Sciences this week. The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 120 members and 26 international members in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”


Prof. Benjamini is The Nathan and Lily Silver Professor of Applied Statistics at TAU’s School of Mathematical Sciences. His scientific work combines theoretical research in statistical methodology with applied research that involves complex problems with massive data. Prof. Benjamini is well known for inventing, together with Yosef Hochberg, the “false discovery rate,” the ratio of the number of false positive results to the number of total positive test results.


“I feel honored to be a member of such a learned society of great importance and influence both in the world of academic research and outside it in public life, with their worldwide implications,” says Prof. Benjamini. “For an international member, membership comes mainly as a recognition of past achievements, but having been involved in previous activities of the National Academy of Sciences, I hope that the membership will offer me richer opportunities to participate in its important activities.”


The new members elected to the NAS bring the total number of active members to 2,403 and the total number of international members to 501. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.


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