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Shing-Tung Yau(丘成桐)is William Caspar Graustein Professor of Harvard University and Director of CMS in Zhejiang University.

After graduating from Pui Ching Middle School, he studied mathematics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1966 to 1969. Yau went to the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 1969. At the age of 22, Yau was awarded the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Shiing-Shen Chern at Berkeley in two years. He spent a year as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and two years at the Stony Brook University. Then he went to Stanford University. Yau has held American citizenship since 1990.

Since 1987, he has been at Harvard University, where he has had numerous Ph.D. students. He is also involved in the activities of research institutes in Hong Kong and China. He takes an interest in the state of primary and secondary mathematics education in China, and his criticisms of the Chinese education system, corruption in the academic world in China, and the quality of mathematical research and education, have been widely publicized.

Prof Yau is honored by numerous prestige prizes and awards, including Oswald Veblen Prize (1981), John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (1981), Fields Medal (1982). Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1991). Crafoord Prize (1994,awarded every seven years by Royal Swedish Academy in fields that are not covered by the Nobel Prizes). United States National Medal of Science (1997). China International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award (2003). Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2010). He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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