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Micha Sharir (Hebrew: מיכה שריר‎; born 8 June 1950 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is an Israeli mathematician and computer scientist. He is a professor at Tel Aviv University, notable for his contributions to computational geometry and combinatorial geometry, having authored hundreds of papers.

Micha Sharir
Michas Sharir in 2004
Born (1950-06-08) 8 June 1950 (age 68)
Alma materTel Aviv University
Known forComputational geometry
Combinatorial geometry
AwardsEMET Prize (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
ThesisExtreme Operators Between Banach Spaces (1976)
Doctoral advisorAldo Lazar
Doctoral studentsPankaj K. Agarwal
Boris Aronov
Klara Kedem


Sharir was born in Tel Aviv in 1950. As a high school student he won the first place in the youth mathematics olympics of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Grossman Award from the Technion. In 1970 he completed his undergraduate studies and then served in unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Forces, during his service he was involved in a research team which won the 1975 Israel Defense Prize.[1] In 1976 Sharir completed his doctoral studies in Pure Mathematics under the supervision of Aldo Lazar in Tel Aviv University. Then he started his postdoctoral studies at the Courant Institute of New York University, where he worked with Jack Schwartz.

In 1980 he joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University, where he now holds the Isaias Nizri Chair in Computational Geometry and Robotics.[1][2] He is also a visiting research professor at the Courant Institute, where he has been the deputy head of the Robotics Lab (1985–89).[3] He has served as the head of the computer science department (twice) and as the head of the school of mathematics (1997–99) at Tel Aviv University. He is one of the co-founders of the Minerva Center for Geometry at Tel Aviv University.[4]

Sharir was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1997.[5] He received an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University in 1996, the Feher Foundation Prize in Computer Science from the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies in 1999, the Landau Prize for Science and Research in 2002, and the million-dollar EMET Prize in the Exact Sciences from the A.M.N. Foundation in 2007.[1]

Sharir is an ISI highly cited researcher.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Micha Sharir". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. ^ Micha Sharir at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  3. ^ "NYU Computer Science Faculty". Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  4. ^ "Prof. Micha Sharir bio".
  5. ^ ACM: Fellows Award / Micha Sharir.
  6. ^ "Mathematics - Research Analytics". Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2012-06-26.

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