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Organization

The Structure

 

 

The Shaw Prize is managed and administered by The Shaw Prize Foundation, with a four-tier organization.

 

 

The Structure of Organization

The Shaw Prize Foundation Limited was incorporated in November 2002 with the object of awarding prizes to those persons who have achieved distinguished contributions in academic and scientific research or applications or have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.

It was granted charitable status by the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department in May 2003.

 

Board of Directors

Mr Chan Wai Man, Raymond (Chairman)
Ms Meage Choy
Ms Jenny Li
Mr Jerry Rajakulendran

Founding Members

 

Mrs Mona SHAW

Mrs Mona SHAW (1934–2017)

Mrs Mona Shaw, wife of the founder, the late Sir Run Run Shaw, was Chairperson of The Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust, The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong Limited and The Shaw Prize Foundation. A native of Shanghai, China, she was an established figure in the Hong Kong media and entertainment industry and Chairperson of the Shaw Group of Companies. She was for many years Deputy Chairperson and Managing Director of Television Broadcasts Limited, until she became a Non-Executive Director.

 

Mrs Shaw passed away peacefully at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital on 22 November 2017 at the age of 83.

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Professor Lin MA

Professor Lin MA (1924–2017)

Professor Lin Ma was the first Chairman and Senior Advisor of the Board of Trustees of Shaw College and Emeritus Chair Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  Prof Ma joined the Chemistry Department of CUHK in 1964, rising to Senior Lecturer in 1965 and Reader in 1972.  He was appointed Founding Chair in Biochemistry in 1973.  He was Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1978 to 1987.

 

Professor Ma was a distinguished biochemist and published widely on protein chemistry.  He received honours from Great Britain, Japan and Germany, and honorary degrees from universities in China including Hong Kong and Macau, and from universities abroad.  He was the Convenor of two sub-groups of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee: Education, Science and Arts, and Hong Kong Flag and Emblem.

 

Professor Ma passed away peacefully at Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong on 16 October 2017, aged 93.

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Professor Chen-Ning YANG

Professor Chen-Ning YANG

Distinguished Professor-at-large, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and
Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Professor Chen-Ning Yang, an eminent physicist, was Albert Einstein Professor of Physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook until his retirement in 1999. He has been Distinguished Professor-at-large at The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1986, and Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing since 1998.

 

Professor Yang has received many awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1957), Rumford Prize (1980), US National Medal of Science (1986), Benjamin Franklin Medal (1993), Bower Award (1994) and King Faisal Prize (2001). He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the US Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Japan Academy.

 

Since receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1948, he has made great impacts in both abstract theory and phenomenological analysis in modern physics.

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Council

 

Professor Kenneth Young

Professor Kenneth YOUNG

Chairman

Emeritus Professor of Physics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Professor Kenneth Young is a theoretical physicist, and is Emeritus Professor of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He pursued studies at the California Institute of Technology, USA, 1965–1972, and obtained a BS in Physics (1969) and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1972). He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1973, where he has held the position of Chairman, Department of Physics and later Dean, Faculty of Science, Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999 and a Member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences in 2004. He was also a Member of the University Grants Committee, HKSAR and Chairman of its Research Grants Council. He served as Secretary and then Vice-President of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. He is a Director of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum. His research interests include elementary particles, field theory, high energy phenomenology, dissipative systems and especially their eigenfunction representation and application to optics, gravitational waves and other open systems.

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Mr CHAN Wai Man, Raymond

Mr CHAN Wai Man, Raymond

Member

Member of Board of Advisor, Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust
Chairman of The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong
Chairman of The Shaw Prize Foundation and
Managing Director of Shaw Group of Companies

Mr Raymond Chan joined the Shaw Group in January 1994 and in December 2017, assumed the role of Managing Director of the Shaw Group of Companies, totalling fifty-four and situated locally and overseas. He was at the same time appointed Chairman of the Shaw Foundation and the Shaw Prize Foundation. Since 2012, he has been a Member on the Board of Advisers of Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust.

 

Born and educated in Hong Kong, he continued his studies in the United Kingdom gaining BA (Hons) and B Arch (Hons) and became a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Hong Kong Institute of Architects.  He is also a registered architect under the Architect Registration Board in both UK and Hong Kong.

 

He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Shaw College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Trustee of Peking University, People's Republic of China.  Mr Chan is also a Director of the Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum.  From 2003 to 2016 he served as a member of the Governing Committee of Tseung Kwan O Hospital.

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Professor Wai-Yee CHAN

Professor Wai-Yee CHAN

Member

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Development)
Master of CW Chu College
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine 
Director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Professor Wai-Yee Chan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Master of CW Chu College, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong. Professor Chan obtained his BSc (First Class Honours) from CUHK in 1974 and PhD from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA in 1977. Prior to joining CUHK in June of 2009, he was Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and Head and Principal Investigator, Section on Developmental Genomics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.  

 

His expertise is in developmental genomics and molecular genetics of endocrine disorders. He received the 1988 Merrick Award for Outstanding Biomedical Research and the 2008 Presidential Award from the Association of Chinese Geneticists in America. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of international scientific journals and on review panels of regional and international research funding agencies.

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Professor Pak-Chung CHING

Professor Pak-Chung CHING

Member

Director of Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering
Choh-Ming Li Professor of Electronic Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Professor Pak-Chung Ching is Director of Shun Hing Institute of Advanced Engineering and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Electronic Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor in Engineering (First Class Honours) and PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1977 and 1981 respectively. Professor Ching is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, HKIE and HKAES. He is Chairman of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Hong Kong and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute. Professor Ching was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Award (2000) and the Bronze Bauhinia Star (2010) and Silver Bauhinia Star (2017) of the HKSAR; he was admitted to the HKIE Hall of Fame (2010). His research interests include adaptive digital signal processing, time delay estimation and target localization, blind signal estimation and separation, automatic speech recognition, speaker identification/verification and speech synthesis, and advanced signal processing techniques for wireless communications.

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Professor Yuet-Wai KAN

Professor Yuet-Wai KAN

Member

Louis K Diamond Professor of Hematology
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
USA

Professor Yuet-Wai Kan, the Louis K Diamond Professor of Hematology at the University of California, San Francisco, USA, is a world-leading expert on the use of gene and cell therapy to treat sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Professor Kan was born in Hong Kong, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong and trained at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, before going to the United States for further studies.

 

Professor Kan's contributions to DNA diagnosis and his discovery of human DNA polymorphism have found wide applications in genetics and human diseases. For his work, he has received many national and international awards including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the Gairdner Foundation International Award and the Shaw Prize. He is the first Chinese elected to the Royal Society, London, and is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Academia Sinica, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Caglieri, Italy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and The Open University of Hong Kong.

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Professor Frank H SHU

Professor Frank H SHU

Member

Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
USA

Professor Frank H Shu is a Shaw Laureate for his work in theoretical astrophysics. He was born in Kunming, China and emigrated to the United States at the age of six. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study at City U, Hong Kong. While at Berkeley, in 1998 he was appointed as University Professor, an honor bestowed on only 35 faculty members in the UC system since its founding. From 2002 to 2006 he served as President of National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He then joined the Physics Department at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 he retired from UCSD to work on climate change at Academia Sinica and to spin out a private company, Astron Solutions Corporation.
(Photo of Prof Frank H Shu©Stony Brook University)

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Board of Adjudicators

 

Professor Frank H SHU

Professor Frank H SHU

Chairman

Professor Emeritus
Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
USA

Professor Frank H Shu is a Shaw Laureate for his work in theoretical astrophysics. He was born in Kunming, China and emigrated to the United States at the age of six. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Study at City U, Hong Kong. While at Berkeley, in 1998 he was appointed as University Professor, an honor bestowed on only 35 faculty members in the UC system since its founding. From 2002 to 2006 he served as President of National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He then joined the Physics Department at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 he retired from UCSD to work on climate change at Academia Sinica and to spin out a private company, Astron Solutions Corporation.
(Photo of Prof Frank H Shu©Stony Brook University)

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Professor Kenneth YOUNG

Professor Kenneth YOUNG

Vice Chairman

Emeritus Professor of Physics
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Professor Kenneth Young is a theoretical physicist, and is Emeritus Professor of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He pursued studies at the California Institute of Technology, USA, 1965–1972, and obtained a BS in Physics (1969) and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics (1972). He joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1973, where he has held the position of Chairman, Department of Physics and later Dean, Faculty of Science, Dean of the Graduate School and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1999 and a Member of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences in 2004. He was also a Member of the University Grants Committee, HKSAR and Chairman of its Research Grants Council. He served as Secretary and then Vice-President of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. He is a Director of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum. His research interests include elementary particles, field theory, high energy phenomenology, dissipative systems and especially their eigenfunction representation and application to optics, gravitational waves and other open systems.

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Professor Reinhard GENZEL

Professor Reinhard GENZEL

Member

Director

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

GERMANY

Professor Reinhard Genzel, Born in 1952 in Germany, is the Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany, Honorary Professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich since 1988 and Professor in the Graduate School, UC Berkeley (since 2017).
 
He received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1978. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1978–1980), an Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Research Astronomer at Space Sciences Laboratory (1981–1985) and a Full Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley (1985–1986).
 
Professor Genzel received many awards, including Newton Lacy Pierce Prize (1986), Leibniz Prize (1990), Janssen Prize (2000), Balzan Prize (2003), Petrie Prize (2005), the Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2008), Jansky Prize (2010), Karl Schwarzschild Medal (2011), Crafoord Prize in Astronomy (2012) and Tycho Brahe Prize (2012), Herschel Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), Great Cross of Merit (with Star) of Germany (2014), Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.), Paris Observatory OPSPM (2014), Harvey Prize in Science and Technology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (2014).
 
He is a member the European Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He is also a Foreign Member/Foreign Corresponding Member/Associate of the Academy of Sciences of France, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Spanish Academy, and the Royal Society of London. He is also Member of the Order Pour Le Merite for Science and Arts of the Republic of Germany.

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Professor Randy W SCHEKMAN

Professor Randy W SCHEKMAN

Member

HHMI Investigator and

Professor of Cell and Development Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley

USA

Professor Randy W Schekman is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. When he joined the faculty at Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic, which reveals how proteins enter and move between membrane-bound compartments of cells.

 

Among the honours he has earned are the Gairdner International Award, the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research in 2002, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013 – which he shared with James Rothman of Yale University and Thomas Südhof of Stanford University – for their discoveries of the mechanism regulating vesicle traffic, a major cellular transport system. From 2011-2019, served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, "eLife", sponsored by the HHMI, The Wellcome Trust/UK and the Max Planck Society. Beginning in 2017, Schekman was appointed director of program to identify and support basic research on Parkinson's Disease (https://parkinsonsroadmap.org).

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Professor W Timothy GOWERS

Professor W Timothy GOWERS

Member

Royal Society Research Professor and Rouse Ball Chair in Mathematics

Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

University of Cambridge

UK

Professor Timothy Gowers was born in Marlborough, England, in 1963. From 1973 to 1976 he was a chorister in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, after which he went as a scholar to Eton College. He studied mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he also did his PhD, under the supervision of Bèla Bollobàs. In 1989 he became a research fellow at Trinity, moving to University College London two years later as a lecturer. In 1995 he returned to Cambridge, and Trinity, where he was first a Lecturer and then a Professor. He is currently a Royal Society Research Professor and also holder of the Rouse Ball Chair in Mathematics. In the early part of his career he solved some old problems in Banach space theory, including two of Banach himself. He then discovered the first quantitative proof of Szèmèrèdi's theorem and has subsequently worked in additive combinatorics. For this work he was awarded a Fields Medal in 1998.

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