William H. Press

(512) 232-4022
wpress [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu


Press does research in computational biology, especially whole genome statistical studies. His interests include fast numerical and statistical algorithms, data mining, and pattern recognition. He is also interested in the interdisciplinary application of mathematical and statistical methods across the physical and biological sciences, and to societal issues including international security.

Selected Awards & Honors: 
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Caltech Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society
Selected Publications: 
  • W.H. Press, "Strong profiling is not mathematically optimal for discovering rare malfeasors," PNAS, 106, 1716-1719 (2009).
  • W.H. Press and H. Robins, "Isochores Exhibit Evidence of Genes Interacting with the Large-scale Genomic Environment, Genetics," 174,1029-1040 (2006).
  • A.G. Riess, W.H. Press, and R.P. Kirshner, "A Precise DistanceIndicator: Type Ia Supernova Multicolor Light Curve Shapes," Astrophys. J., 473, 88 (1996).
  • W.H. Press and P.L Schechter, "Formation of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies by Self-Similar Gravitational Condensation, Astrophys. J, 187, 425 (1974).
  • W.H. Press and S.A. Teukolsky, "Perturbations of a Rotating Black Hole: Dynamical Stability of the Kerr Metric," Astrophys. J., 185, 649 (1973).
  • W.H. Press, S.A. Teukolsky, W.T. Vetterling, and B.P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing, Third Edition, 1235 pp. + xxi (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
  • W.H. Press, S.A. Teukolsky, W.T. Vetterling, B.P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes in Fortran 90: The Art of Parallel Scientific Computing, Volume 2 of Fortran Numerical Recipes, Second Edition (New York:Cambridge University Press, 1996).
  • W.H. Press, S.A. Teukolsky, W.T. Vetterling, and B.P. Flannery, Numerical Recipes in C, Second Edition, 1007pp. + xxvi (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992).
  • W.H. Press, B.P. Flannery, S.A. Teukolsky, and W.T. Vetterling, Numerical Recipes: The Art of Scientific Computing, 818 pp. + xvi (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986).
  • R.H. Price, and S.A. Teukolsky, Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation, with complete solutions 599 pp. + xiv (Princeton University Press, 1975).
Professional Activities: 
  • President-Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Vice-Chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
  • Board of Trustees of the Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Member of the Defense Science Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel 
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control
  • National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board