Stephen Shing-Toung Yau

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Stephen Shing-Toung Yau (Chinese :丘成棟; pinyin :Qiū Chéngdòng; born 1952) is a Chinese–American mathematician. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently teaches at Tsinghua University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Mathematical Society.

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Pinyin Chinese romanization scheme for Mandarin

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University of Illinois at Chicago Public University

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Shing-Toung Yau was born in 1952 in British Hong Kong, [1] with his ancestral home in Jiaoling County, Guangdong, China. He is the younger brother of Fields Medalist Shing-Tung Yau. [2]

British Hong Kong Crown colony and British dependent territory in East Asia between 1841 and 1997

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Jiaoling County County in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

Jiaoling County is a county in the northeast of Guangdong Province, China, bordering Fujian province to the north. Under the jurisdiction of Meizhou City, it was previously known as the Zhenping County.

After graduating from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he studied mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned his M.A. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1976. [3] [4]

Chinese University of Hong Kong Public research university in Shatin, Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a public research university in Shatin, Hong Kong formally established in 1963 by a charter granted by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. It is the territory's second oldest university and was founded as a federation of three existing colleges – Chung Chi College, New Asia College and United College – the oldest of which was founded in 1949.

He was a member of Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study from 1976 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1982, and was a Benjamin Pierce Assistant Professor at Harvard University from 1977 to 1980. He subsequently taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago for more than 30 years. He was named the UIC Distinguished Professor in 2005. [4]

Princeton University University in Princeton, New Jersey

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Harvard University Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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From 2002 to 2011, Yau also served as Zi-Jiang Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai, as well as Director of the university's Institute of Mathematics. [3] After retiring from UIC in 2012, he joined Tsinghua University as a full-time professor. [4]

East China Normal University university in Shanghai, China

East China Normal University (ECNU) is a comprehensive public research university in Shanghai. It was formed in 1951 by the merger of the Great China University founded in 1924 and Kwang Hua University which had its ultimate origins in the St. John's College established in the city in 1879. Its original role was to train teachers for secondary and higher education, as suggested in the name "Normal", but very soon housed top-class researchers and evolved into an elite research-intensive university.

Shanghai Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

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Tsinghua University university in Beijing, China

Tsinghua University is a major research university in Beijing, and a member of the elite C9 League of Chinese universities. Since its establishment in 1911, it has graduated numerous Chinese leaders in politics, business, academia, and culture.


Among Yau's research interests are bioinformatics, complex algebraic geometry, singularities theory, and nonlinear filtering. [4] He published nearly 300 papers and established the "Yau algebra" and the "Yau number". [5] He served as Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Control and Information and co-founded the Journal of Algebraic Geometry in 1991. He founded the journal Communications in Information and Systems in 2000, and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. [4]

Bioinformatics Software tools for understanding biological data

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data. Bioinformatics has been used for in silico analyses of biological queries using mathematical and statistical techniques.


Yau was awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship in 1980 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2003 and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. [4]

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