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ITHACA, N.Y. -- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named Jon Kleinberg, Cornell professor of computer science, among the 25 new MacArthur Fellows - the so-called "Genius Awards" - for 2005. He will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.
Kleinberg, a Cornell faculty member since 1996, is a computer scientist with a reputation for tackling important, practical problems and in the process deriving deep mathematical insights. He is best known for his contributions to network theory, particularly in expanding the "small worlds" concept and in developing improved methods for searching the World Wide Web. But his research also covers Internet routing, data mining, comparative genomics and protein structure …