Announcement of The Shaw Laureates 2016


Tuesday, 31 May 2016.  At today’s press conference in Hong Kong, The Shaw Prize Foundation announced the Shaw Laureates for 2016. Information was posted on the website www.shawprize.org at Hong Kong time 15:30 (GMT 07:30).

The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences. The monetary award for each prize has been increased from US$1 million to US$1.2 million starting from this year. This will be the thirteenth year that the Prize has been awarded and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

 


The Shaw Laureates



The Shaw Prize in Astronomy  is awarded in equal shares to
Ronald W P Drever
      Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, USA
Kip S Thorne
       Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology, USA and
Rainer Weiss
      Professor Emeritus in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 
for conceiving and designing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), whose recent direct detection of gravitational waves opens a new window in astronomy, with the first remarkable discovery being the merger of a pair of stellar mass black holes.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine  is awarded in equal shares to
Adrian Bird
      Buchanan Professor of Genetics, University of Edinburgh, UK and
Huda Y Zoghbi
      Professor of Pediatrics & Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Director of Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
 
for their discovery of the genes and the encoded proteins that recognize one chemical modification of the DNA of chromosomes that influences gene control as the basis of the developmental disorder Rett syndrome.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded to
Nigel J Hitchin
      Savilian Professor of Geometry, Oxford University, UK
 
for his far-reaching contributions to geometry, representation theory and theoretical physics. The fundamental and elegant concepts and techniques that he has introduced have had wide impact and are of lasting importance.
 

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Background

Established under the auspices of Mr Run Run Shaw, the Prize honours individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

The Shaw Prize is an international award managed and administered by The Shaw Prize Foundation based in Hong Kong. Mr Shaw has also founded The Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust and The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong, both dedicated to the promotion of education, scientific and technological research, medical and welfare services, and culture and the arts.


31 May 2016   Hong Kong