Announcements from Hong Kong
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2010
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2009
Simon K. Donaldson,
Imperial College, London and Clifford H. Taubes of Harvard University
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2008
Vladimir Arnold, Steklov
Mathematical Inst., Moscow and Ludwig Faddeev of Petersburg Dept. of
Steklov Inst. of Mathematics
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2007
Robert Langlands of the
Institue for Advanced Study, Princeton and Richard Taylor of Harvard
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2006
Wu Wentsun of Chinese
Academia Sinica and David Mumford of Harvard University
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2005
Wiles of Princeton University
for his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
Wiles completed his proof in 1994. Shortly thereafter he received
MacArthur Fellowship and several other prestigious awards. These
the Wolf Prize, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society, London,
the Ostrowski Prize, and awards from both the
U.S. and Swedish Academies of Sciences.
MATHEMATICS LAUREATE 2004
Chem of Nankai Univesity in Tianjin, China
for his role in developing global differential geometry.
The Shaw Prize
honors individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious
belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and
scientific research or application, and whose work has resulted in a
positive and profound impact on mankind.
The new Shaw Prize
consists of three annual awards: the Prize in Astronomy, the
Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine, and the Prize in Mathematical
prize carries a monetary award of US $1 million.
To our knowledge,
this is the largest award in mathematics. The adjudication
process is to begin in June each year. The winners are to be
announced and the prizes presented in June and August of the following
year. The first awards were made in Summer, 2004.
One may assume that
in naming the prize "Mathematical Sciences" the Shaw Foundation has
chosen to identify a broad category with some flexibility. Over
time, future committees may want to expand the definition of
"mathematical sciences." The mission statement
clearly implies that applied mathematics will be considered.
Sir Run Run Shaw
born in China in 1907. He is a native of
Ningbo County, Zhejiang Province. He joined
his brother's film company in China in the 1920s. In the 1950s he
founded the film company Shaw
Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited. He has been
Executive Chairman of Television Broadcasts Limited
in Hong Kong since the 1970s.
Mr. Shaw has also
founded two charities, the Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust and The
Shaw Foundation Hong Kong Limited, both dedicated to the promotion of
scientific and technological research, medical
and welfare services, and culture and art.