David Aldous

David John Aldous, FRS (born 13 July 1952) is a mathematician known for his research on probability theory and its applications, in particular in topics such as exchangeability, weak convergence, Markov chain mixing times, the continuum random tree and stochastic coalescence. He entered St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1970 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 1977 under his advisor, D. J. H. Garling.[1] Since 1979 Aldous has been on the faculty at University of California, Berkeley.

David Aldous
David Aldous in Berkeley
Born (1952-07-13) 13 July 1952
NationalityBritish, American
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
AwardsLoève Prize (1993)
Rollo Davidson Prize (1980)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorDavid J. H. Garling

He was awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in 1980, the Loève Prize in 1993, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. In 2004, Aldous was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2] From 2004 to 2010, Aldous was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.[3] He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 1998 in Berlin[4] and a plenary speaker at the ICM in 2010 in Hyderabad.[5] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]

Selected publications


  • Aldous, David (1989). Probability approximations via the Poisson clumping heuristic. Applied Mathematical Sciences. 77. New York: Springer-Verlag. pp. xvi+269. ISBN 0-387-96899-7. MR 0969362.

as editor

  • Aldous, David; Diaconis, Persi; Spencer, Joel; Steele, J. Michael, eds. (6 December 2012). Discrete Probability and Algorithms. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1-4612-0801-3. (pbk reprint of 1995 original)
  • Aldous, David; Pemantle, Robin, eds. (6 December 2012). Random Discrete Structures. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1-4612-0719-1. (pbk reprint of 1996 original)


  • Aldous, David, "Deterministic and stochastic models for coalescence (aggregation and coagulation): a review of the mean-field theory for probabilists". Bernoulli 5 (1999) pp. 348.
  • Aldous, David, "Exchangeability and related topics". Lecture Notes in Math., 1117 (1985) pp 1198. Springer, Berlin.


  1. David Aldous at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. "All Professors at Large 1965 to 2025". Andrew D. White Professors-at-Large. n.d. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. Aldous, David J. (1998). "Stochastic coalescence". Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III. pp. 205–211.
  5. Aldous, David J. (2010). "Exchangeability and continuum limits of discrete random structures". Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 Hyderabada. Vol. I. pp. 141–153.
  6. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 3 November 2012.
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