The Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony 2011 Press Notification

14 Sep 2011

The Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony 2011 will take place in Hong Kong on Wednesday, 28 September 2011. The Honourable Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, People’s Republic of China has kindly consented to officiate at the ceremony.

The Shaw Laureates for 2011 had been announced earlier. Details of the Shaw Laureates are as follows:

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded in equal shares to

Dr Enrico Costa
Director of Research at the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics (Rome) of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Italy and

Dr Gerald J Fishman
Senior Astrophysicist at the NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center, USA

for their leadership of space missions that enabled the demonstration of the cosmological origin of gamma ray bursts, the brightest sources known in the universe.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine is awarded in equal shares to

Professor Jules A Hoffmann
of University of Strasbourg, France

Professor Ruslan M Medzhitov
David W Wallace Professor of Immunobiology, Yale University, USA and

Professor Bruce A Beutler
Raymond and Ellen Willie Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, and Director of Center for Genetics of Host Defense, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

for their discovery of the molecular mechanism of innate immunity, the first line of defense against pathogens.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences is awarded in equal shares to

Professor Demetrios Christodoulou
Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland and

Professor Richard S Hamilton
Davies Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University, USA

for their highly innovative works on nonlinear partial differential equations in Lorentzian and Riemannian geometry and their applications to general relativity and topology.

A 5-minute segment will be uplinked via satellite transmission at Hong Kong time 2230 – 2300 (GMT 1430 – 1500). Photos of the ceremony will also be uploaded onto the website at Hong Kong time 2230 (GMT 1430) from 28 September 2011 onwards.

For press enquiries, please contact Link-Work Communications (HK) Ltd:

Joanne Yik Tel: (852) 2918 0901 / 9216 3710
Karen Sze Tel: (852) 2918 0907 / 9613 4164

14 September 2011  Hong Kong