Mikkel Thorup (born 1965) has a D.Phil. from Oxford University from 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he was at the University of Copenhagen. From 1998 to 2013 he was at AT&T Labs-Research. Since 2013 he has been back as Professor at the University of Copenhagen. From 2013 to 2018 he is Head of Center for Efficient Algorithms and Data Structures (EADS) supported by a €1.3 million Advanced Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. From 2017 to 2023 he is VILLUM Investigator and Head of Center for Basic Algorithms Research Copenhagen (BARC) supported by a €5.3 million grant from the VILLUM Foundation.
Mikkel Thorup is a Fellow of the ACM and of AT&T, and a Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is co-winner of the 2011 MAA Robbins Award in mathematics and winner of the 2015 Villum Kann Rasmussen Award for Technical and Scientific Research, which is Denmark's biggest individual prize for research. His main work is in algorithms and data structures and he is the editor of this area for the Journal of the ACM. One of his best-known results is a linear-time algorithm for the single-source shortest paths problem in undirected graphs.