Professor Shing-Tung Yau (丘成桐) is the inaugural director of the Mathematical Sciences Center of Tsinghua University. He has been the chair of the Department of Mathematics of Harvard University since 2008.
His early work was on differential geometry. His work has led to the important Calabi-Yau manifolds and has extremely significant impact on the development of String Theory. He developed and put the field of differential equations on manifolds into the mainstream of mathematics, and the field of geometric analysis flourishes. es.
Prof Yau was born in China but grew up in Hong Kong. After the door of China was opened to the west in the late 1970s, Prof Yau revisited China in 1979 on the invitation of Prof Huà Luógēng (华罗庚). To help develop Chinese mathematics, Prof Yau started by educating students from China, then establishing mathematics research institutes and centers, organizing conferences at all levels, initiating out-reach programs, and raising private funds for these purposes.
Prof Yau is honored by numerous prestige prizes and awards, including Oswald Veblen Prize (1981), John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (1981), Fields Medal (1982). Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1991). Crafoord Prize (1994). United States National Medal of Science (1997). China International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award (2003). Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2010). He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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