Wednesday, 31 May 2023 20:58

Drinfeld and Yau receive 2023 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences was awarded today in equal shares to Vladimir Drinfeld of the University of Chicago and Shing-Tung Yau of Tsinghua University.

Drinfeld and Yau were recognized for their contributions related to mathematical physics, to arithmetic geometry, to differential geometry, and to Kähler geometry, noted the prize citation. Read more in the press release issued by the Shaw Foundation in Hong Kong.

Drinfeld, the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, received a PhD from Moscow State University in 1978. He was appointed assistant professor at Bashkir State University in 1978 and lecturer at Kharkov State University in 1980 respectively. Drinfeld then served as research fellow at B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering from 1981 to 1998. He has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago since 1998. Drinfeld is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Ukraine.

Yau is currently director of Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsinghua University. He received a PhD in 1971 from the University of California, Berkeley. Yau was a member (1971–1972) and professor (1980-1984) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton and assistant professor (1972–1974) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He joined Stanford University, where he was successively associate professor and full professor (1974–1979). In 1984, Yau moved to the University of California at San Diego as professor (1984–1987). He then joined Harvard University, where he has been a distinguished professor (from 1987), director of Institute of Mathematical Sciences (from 1994) and also professor in the Department of Physics (from 2013), becoming emeritus in 2022. Yau has been a distinguished professor-at-large at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2003. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

In its twentieth year, the Shaw Prize consists of the annual naming of laureates in astronomy, life science and medicine, and mathematical sciences. Each prize bears a monetary award of US $1.2 million. Laureates will receive their awards at a presentation ceremony scheduled for November 12 in Hong Kong.