The Morningside Medal of Mathematics is awarded to outstanding
mathematicians of Chinese descent of age under 45 to encourage
them in their pursuit of mathematical truth. Up to six medals, two gold and
four silver, are awarded every three years at the International Congress of
The 2001 Morningside Medals also carry a cash award of US$50,000 for
Morningside Lifetime Achievement Award in Mathematics; US$25,000 for
the gold medalists; and US$10,000 for each of the silver
committee of internationally renowned mathematicians, chaired by
Shing-Tung Yau, selects the medalists.
The first medals were awarded on December 12, 1998 at the First
Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM 1998), at a ceremony at the
of the People in Beijing.
The Second Morningside Medal of Mathematics Awards Presentation and
was hold on December 17, 2001 in
Second International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians (ICCM
addition, a special Morningside Lifetime Achievement Award in
be presented. In 2004, recipients of the Third Morningside Medal
Mathematics will be announced at the Third International Congress of
Mathematicians which will be held in Hong Kong.
In addition to the name of the medalist, each gold and silver medal has
Mobius band and a fundamental domain. They were chosen not only
simplicity of their image, but also because of their significant
to the development of mathematics in the 20th
The Mobius band (also known as the Mobius strip) was discovered in 1858
German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Mobius. This
one-sided surface does not have any orientation, yet has a distinct
topographical character. It was one of the most important
the 20th century, which has profoundly influenced
classical physics as well as modern mathematics, including geometry.
A fundamental domain is related to the concept of a group, which can
to express symmetry in mathematics. During the late 19th
century, infinite discrete group was studied but only until the 20th
century, did it become a main subject area in mathematics. This
study is not only important in geometry but also in number
Practically all the famous developments in modern number theory are
concepts of fundamental domain and discrete group.
Professor Lin was awarded the 1998 Morningside Gold Medal for his
on locating isometric embedding problems, scalar curvature equations
semi-linear elliptic equations. Currently, Professor Lin is a
of Mathematics at the National
University and Director of the
for Theoretical Sciences. He received a Ph.D from the Courant
of Mathematical Sciences, New
awarded the 1998 Morningside Gold Medal for his contributions to number
and arithmetical algebraic geometry. His achievements include the
connexions between L-functions and arithmetic via the Gross-Zagier
Galois distribution of points on abelian varieties, and pure Arakelov
geometry. Currently, Professor Zhang is a Professor of
Mathematics at Columbia
He received a Ph.D
Professor Chan was awarded the 1998 Morningside Silver Medal for his
computational mathematics. Currently, Professor Chan is a
Mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He received a Ph.D in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute of
Mathematical Sciences, New
Professor Cheng was awarded the 1998 Morningside Silver Medal for his
contributions in the areas of dynamical systems and Hamiltonian
He is recognized for his work on problems related to
(KAM) theory. Currently, Professor Cheng is a Professor of
Professor Liu was awarded the 1998 Morningside Silver Medal for his
achievements in topology, geometry, and mathematical physics.
Professor Liu is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of California,
He received a Ph.D from Harvard
Professor Yang was awarded the 1998 Morningside Silver Medal for his
contributions to the fundamental well-posedness problem for general
hyperbolic conservation laws. Currently, Professor Yang is a
Mathematics at the City University of Hong Kong. He received a
the University of California, Davis.
Professor Li is awarded the 2001 Morningside Gold Medal for his
fundamental contributions to the study of moduli spaces of vector
bundles and to the theory of stable maps and basic invariants of
Calabi-Yau manifolds. Currently, he is a Professor of Mathematics
at Stanford University. Professor Li received both a B.S. (1982)
and M.A. (1984) from Fudan University, an M.A. at the University of
California, San Diego (1987), and a Ph.D from Harvard University
(1989), all in mathematics. In 1994, Professor Li was named a
Terman Fellow at Stanford and received an Alfred Sloan Fellowship.
Professor Yau is awarded the 2001 Morningside Gold
Medal for his profound contributions to mathematical physics. His
achievements are products of his unusual ability to bring physical
insights to bear on mathematical problems. Currently, Professor
Yau is a Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of
Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He received a B.S.
in mathematics at National Taiwan University (1981) and a Ph.D. in
mathematical physics at Princeton University (1987). His honors
include fellowships from the Alfred Sloan Foundation (1991) and the
Packard Foundation (1991). He was also named a MacArthur Fellow
Professor Wan is awarded the 2001 Morningside Silver Medal for his
proof of Dwork's conjecture on L-functions over finite fields.
Currently, he is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of
California, Irvine. Professor Wan received a B.S. from the
Chengdu Institute of Geology (1982), an M.S. at Sichuan University
(1986), and a Ph.D from the University of Washington, Seattle
(1991). His research interests include number theory, arithmetic
geometry, finite fields, and p-Adic analysis.
Professor Wang is awarded the 2001 Morningside Silver Medal for his
contributions on the birational model of algebraic varieties with
singularities. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of
Mathematics at National Tsing Hua University. Professor Wang
received a B.A. from National Taiwan University (1990) and a Ph.D. from
Harvard University (1998). His research interests include
algebraic geometry, Hodge theory and differential geometry.
Professor Wu is awarded the 2001 Morningside Silver Medal for her
establishment of local well-posedness of the water wave problems in a
Sobolev class in arbitrary space dimensions. Currently, she is an
Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland,
College Park. She received both a B.S. (1983) and an M.S. (1986)
from Peking University and a Ph.D from Yale University (1990). In
2001, Professor Wu was awarded the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in
from the American Mathematical Society.
Professor Xi is awarded the 2001 Morningside Silver Medal for his work
on solving an important conjecture of Lusztig. Currently, he is a
Professor at the Institute of Mathematics at the chinese Academy of
Sciences. Professor Xi received a B.S. from the Huaihua Institute
(1981) and both an M.S. (1985) and a Ph.D (1988) from East China Normal
University. In 1995, he was the recipient of the First Award of
the Young Scientist Prize from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.