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Stephen Cook

Stephen Arthur Cook (December 14, 1939, [Buffalo] , [New York] ) is a renowned American-Canadian [computer scientist] and [mathematician] who has made major contributions to the fields of [complexity theory] and [proof complexity] . He is currently a [University Professor] at the [University of Toronto] , Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics.

Cook received his [Bachelor's degree] in 1961 from the [University of Michigan] , and his [Master's degree] and [Ph.D.] from [Harvard University] , respectively in 1962 and 1966. He joined the [University of California, Berkeley] , mathematics department in 1966 as an Assistant Professor, and stayed there till 1970 when he was infamously denied tenure. In a speech celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Berkeley EECS department, fellow Turing Award winner and Berkeley professor [Richard Karp] said that, "It is to our everlasting shame that we were unable to persuade the math department to give him tenure."
Cook joined the faculty of [University of Toronto] , [Computer Science] and [Mathematics] Departments in 1970 as an Associate Professor, where he was promoted to Professor in 1975 and University Professor in 1985.


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