【6/26/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American (华裔名人) Project

(Author: 贺清峰 Qingfeng He)

丘成桐(Shing-Tung Yau)(1949-) is an American mathematician and the William Caspar Graustein Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Yau was born in China, grew up in Hong Kong, and later moved to the US in 1969. He studied mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1966 to 1969. He received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in mathematics. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1982, in recognition of his contributions to partial differential equations, the Calabi conjecture, the positive energy theorem, and the Monge–Ampère equation. He was awarded the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 2010 for his work in geometric analysis and mathematical physics. Yau is considered as one of the major contributors to the development of modern differential geometry and geometric analysis.

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Yau helped develop mathematics in mainland China and Taiwan by establishing mathematics research institutes and centers, organizing conferences at all levels, initiating out-reach programs, and raising private funds for these purposes. He helped establish the Institute of Mathematical Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1993, Morningside Center of Mathematics in Beijing in 1996, and the Center of Mathematical Sciences at Zhejiang University in 2002. Yau also helped create the National Center of Theoretical Sciences (NCTS) in 1998 in Taiwan and served as the chairman of the Advisory Board of the NCTS until 2005.


He has advised over seventy Ph.D. students in his career.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shing-Tung_Yau

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