May 7, 2017 – Wentsun Wu, 2006 Shaw Prize Laureate in Mathematical Sciences and Chairs of the Shaw Prize Selection Committee for the Prize in Mathematical Sciences for 2004 and 2005, President of the Chinese Society of Mathematics and academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, passed away in Beijing, PRC at the age of 85.
Wentsun Wu was a Chinese mathematician and academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has made outstanding contributions in the fields of topology, automatic reasoning, machine proof, algebraic geometry, Chinese mathematics history, game theory etc. Notably, he has made a series of important achievements in the research of the topology class and the research class, which is the groundbreaking work in topology and has many important applications. The “Wu formula” and “Wu Class” are named after him. In addition, his “Wu method” has proved a huge impact in the field of international machinery. There are a wide range of important application value, for example, the current popular international symbolic computing software has implemented Wu’s algorithm. Apart from these, he was also active in the field of the history of Chinese mathematics. He was the chief editor of the ten volumes of “The Chinese History of Mathematics”.
Professor Wu’s passing is a great loss to the world of mathematics and the Shaw Prize Foundation send most sincere condolences to his beloved family, his colleagues and his friends.