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Announcement of The Shaw Laureates 2014 Press Release

Tuesday, 27 May 2014.  At today’s press conference in Hong Kong, The Shaw Prize Foundation announced the Shaw Laureates for 2014. 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, each bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars. This will be the Eleventh year that the Prize has been awarded and the presentation ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

 

The Shaw Laureates

 

The Shaw Prize in Astronomyis awarded in one-half to

Daniel Eisenstein

Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University, USA
and the other half in equal shares to

Shaun Cole

Professor of Physics in the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University, UK and

John A Peacock

Professor of Cosmology in the Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK

for their contributions to the measurements of features in the large-scale structure of galaxies used to constrain the cosmological model including baryon acoustic oscillations and redshift-space distortions.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicineis awarded in equal shares to

Kazutoshi Mori

Professor at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan and

Peter Walter

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco, and
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

for their discovery of the Unfolded Protein Response of the endoplasmic reticulum, a cell signalling pathway that controls organelle homeostasis and quality of protein export in eukaryotic cells.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciencesis awarded to

George Lusztig

Abdun-Nur Professor of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

for his fundamental contributions to algebra, algebraic geometry, and representation theory, and for weaving these subjects together to solve old problems and reveal beautiful new connections.


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.


27 May 2014   Hong Kong