Welcome Address by Professor Kenneth Young,
Member of The Shaw Prize Council


Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this Press Conference, and thank you all for helping to bring the announcement of the Shaw Prize 2017 to the world at large.

The Shaw Prize was established in the year 2002. Since 2004 the Prize has been awarded annually for distinguished and significant achievements in the three scientific disciplines, namely, Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences. Each Prize consists of a medal, a certificate and a monetary award of US$1.2 million.  

The Shaw Prize is an international award, dedicated to honouring individuals, regardless of race, nationality, gender and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications, and whose works have resulted in positive and profound impacts on mankind. 

Recipients of the Prize are all internationally acclaimed scholars and scientists. Thanks to the effort of members of the Selection Committees and colleagues of the Foundation, the Prize has built up its prestige worldwide within a short period of time.  

We look forward to greater success of the Prize in the years to come.


23 May 2017   Hong Kong