Prof. Shmuel Gal
Ph.D., Hebrew University, 1972
Shmuel Gal joined Department of Statistics in 1994; prior to that he had been a Research Staff Member and Program Manager Operations Research in IBM Israel Science and Technology. Shmuel Gal received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (thesis advisor: Aryeh Dvoretzky). He devised Gal's accurate tables method for the computer evaluation of elementary functions, and in 1993 with Zvi Yehudai developed a new algorithm for sorting which is used by IBM. He made several significant contributions to the area of search games; in particular, Gal solved the princess and monster game which has been a famous open problem in the 1960s and 1970s.