Education Minister Yuli Tamir announced Monday that Tel Aviv University Prof. Noga Alon has won the Israel Prize for Mathematics for 2008. Alon is an expert in combinatorics and has written a book and over 400 articles on the subject. Alon also solved one of the main questions posed in the 1950s in the field of information theory. He is a past recipient of the Israel Security Prize for his work as part of a team in Military Intelligence. Alon was born in Haifa in 1956 and has degrees from the Technion, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.