The 2023 Prize in
for their contributions related to mathematical physics, to arithmetic geometry, to differential geometry and to Kähler geometry.
The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences 2023 is awarded in equal shares to Vladimir Drinfeld, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, USA and Shing-Tung Yau, Chair Professor at Tsinghua University, PRC, for their contributions related to mathematical physics, to arithmetic geometry, to differential geometry and to Kähler geometry.
They share an interest in mathematical physics. Drinfeld launched with Beilinson the geometric Langlands program, which, to quote Witten, has some common features with aspects of quantum field theory, and yet stems from number theory. Yau worked on mathematical problems arising from general relativity and string theory.
Vladimir Drinfeld was born in 1954 in Kharkov, Ukraine, USSR (now Kharkiv, Ukraine) and is currently Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago, USA. He received his Bachelor’s degree and PhD from Moscow State University, USSR in 1974 and 1978 respectively. He was appointed Assistant Professor at Bashkir State University, USSR in 1978 and Lecturer at Kharkov State University in 1980 respectively. He then served as Research Fellow at B Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering from 1981 to 1998. He has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago since 1998. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Academy of Sciences, Ukraine.
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Shing-Tung Yau was born in 1949 in Shantou, China and is currently Chair Professor and Director of Yau Mathematical Sciences Center at Tsinghua University, PRC. He studied Mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 1966 to 1969 and received a PhD in 1971 from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was a member (1971–1972) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton, USA and Assistant Professor (1972–1974) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. He joined Stanford University, USA where he was successively Associate Professor and Full Professor (1974–1979). He returned to IAS in 1980, where he has been appointed Professor (1980–1984). In 1984, he moved to the University of California at San Diego, USA as Professor (1984–1987). He then joined Harvard University, USA, where he has been a Distinguished Professor (from 1987), Director of Institute of Mathematical Sciences (from 1994) and also Professor at the Department of Physics (from 2013), becoming Emeritus in 2022. He has been a Distinguished Professor-at-Large at CUHK 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.
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