Chris Wiggins


Chief Data Scientist


The New York Times


Chris Wiggins is   an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and   the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the   executive committee of the Data Science Institute, and of  the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics as well as  the Department of Systems Biology, and is  affiliated faculty in Statistics. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (, a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized once a semester student hackathons   and the hackNY Fellows Program, a structured summer internship at NYC startups. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia   he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998-2001)   and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993-1998) in theoretical physics. He is currently writing a book on the history and ethics of data   with Professor Matt Jones (Columbia)   forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company in 2021.He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society   and is a recipient of Columbia’s Avanessians Diversity Award.

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