**Awards**

**Morningside Medal of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics**

The Morningside Medal of Mathematics is awarded to outstanding mathematicians of Chinese descent 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 Chinese Mathematicians. The Morningside Medals also carry a cash award of US $25,000 for each of the gold medalists; and US $ 10,000 for each of the silver medalists. A committee of internationally renowned mathematicians, chaired by Professor Shing-Tung Yau, selects the medalists.

In addition to the name of medalists, each gold and silver medal has the image of a Möbius band and a fundamental domain. They were chosen not only for the simplicity of the image, but also because of their significant contributions to the development of mathematics in 20th century.

The Möbius band (also known as the Möbius strip) was discovered in 1858 by the German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius. This curious one-sided surface does not have any orientation, yet has a distinct topographical character. It was one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century, which has profoundly influenced modern physics, classical physics as well as modern mathematics, including geometry.

A fundamental domain is related to the concept of a group, which can be used 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 field of study is not only important in geometry but also in number theory. Practically all the famous developments in modern number theory are related to concepts of fundamental domain and discrete group.

**Wei Zhang**

Professor Zhang is awarded the **2016 Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics** for his original contributions to number theory and automorphic forms. He joined Columbia University in 2011 and is currently a Professor of Mathematics there. Prior to that, he taught at Harvard University. Professor Zhang’s research focuses on the area of number theory and automorphic forms. He is the recipient of the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2010) and Sloan Research Fellowship (2013). Born in Sichuan, China, Professor Zhang received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Peking University, and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Columbia University.

**Si Li**

Professor Li is awarded the **2016 Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics** for his many deep and original contributions to the mathematics surrounding string theory, and in particular for his work on Landau-Ginzburg models and on BCOV theory. He joined Tsinghua University in 2014, and is now a Professor at the Yau Mathematical Sciences Center and Department of Mathematical Sciences. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University. Thereafter he did his postdoctoral research at Northwestern University. Professor Li’s research focuses on geometry and mathematical physics. He introduced the renormalization method of gauge theory into the study of complex geometry and Hodge theory on Calabi-Yau manifolds, which are central geometric objects in string theory. He developed a quantum theory of Calabi-Yau moduli space and established the mathematical foundation of quantum topological B-model and higher genus mirror symmetry on compact Calabi-Yau manifolds.

**Wotao Yin**

Professor Yin is awarded the **2016 Morningside Gold Medal of Applied Mathematics** for his groundbreaking work on sparse optimization, ill-posed inverse problems and compressed sensing. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Between 2006 and 2013, he was an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor at Rice University. Professor Yin’s work focuses on computational optimization and its applications in image processing, machine learning, and other inverse problems. He developed several optimization methods and algorithms that are widely used across data sciences and engineering. His recent work has been largescale, parallel, and distributed computing. Professor Yin received his B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Nanjing University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Columbia University. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008) and the Sloan Research Fellowship (2009).

**Bing-Long Chen**

Professor Chen is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his significant contributions to Ricci flow and its applications. He is currently a professor at the School of Mathematics and Computational Science at Sun Yat-sen University. Born in Shanxi, China, Professor Chen received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics, and his Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics under the guidance of Professor Xi-Ping Zhu, all from Sun Yatsen University. He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2010 and was named a Chang Jiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2014.

**Kai-Wen Lan**

Professor Lan is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his outstanding contributions to the theory of arithmetic compactification of Shimura varieties and its applications to the arithmetic of automorphic forms. He was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and was promoted to associate professor in 2015. Born in Taipei, Professor Lan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the National Taiwan University. After his military service in 2003, he obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 from Harvard University under the guidance of Professor Richard Taylor. He then worked as a Veblen Research Instructor at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Lan’s main research interests are algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry, and in particular, the arithmetic properties of Shimura varieties and related geometric objects, and their applications to the theories of automorphic and Galois representations.

**Ronald Lok Ming Lui**

Professor Lui is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his fundamental and pioneering contributions to an emerging interdisciplinary field: Computational Quasiconformal Geometry, and its applications to medical imaging, computer graphics and visions. He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mathematics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Lui received his B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and his M.A. in Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, under the supervision of Professor Tony Chan. Before joining CUHK, he was a postdoctoral scholar for two years at Harvard University, mentored by Professor Shing-Tung Yau. Professor Lui’s research focuses on solving the fundamental problem of computing quasiconformal structures of Riemann surfaces and applying them to real-world applications. Professor Lui has published more than 50 papers in top international journals and proceedings.

**Jun Yin**

Professor Yin is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his fundamental contributions to the solution to the Wigner-Dyson-Mehta conjecture and for developing the self-consistent resolvent method in random matrix theory. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and he will be promoted to Associate Professor beginning in Fall 2016. Prior to that, he served as a Benjamin Peirce lecturer at Harvard University from 2008 to 2011, and was a von Neumann Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2013 to 2014. Born in Shanghai, China, Professor Yin received his B.S. degree from the School of the Gifted Young of the University of Science and Technology of China, and his Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University. His research focus is mainly on quantum body system and random matrix theory. Professor Yin was a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2014.

**Lexing Ying**

Professor Ying is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his significant contributions to the development and analysis of fast methods in scientific computing. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University since 2012. Prior to that, he was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2012. Professor Ying’s research focuses on computational mathematics and scientific computing. He received his Ph.D. from New York University and was a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2006. Professor Ying is a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship (2007), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009), the Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing (2011), and the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (2013).

**Zhiwei Yun**

Professor Yun is awarded the **2016 Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics** for his fundamental contributions to the construction of motives with exceptional Galois groups, and his path-breaking work with Professor Wei Zhang on the L-Series of rank 2 local systems on curves over finite fields. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics at Stanford University (Professor of Mathematics at Yale University since July 2016). Born in Changzhou, China, he received his B.S. degree from Peking University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University, under the advice of Professor Robert MacPherson at the Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Yun was a CLE Moore instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prior to joining Stanford University in 2012. His research interests include representation theory, the Langlands program and related problems in algebraic geometry. Professor Yun is the recipient of the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2012), the Packard Fellowship (2013) and the Chambers Fellowship (2015).

**Morningside Medals of Mathematics Selection Committee**

The selection committee for the Morningside Medal of Mathematics is chaired by Professor Shing-Tung Yau. A nomination committee for the Morningside Medal of Mathematics, comprising a maximum of fifty Chinese mathematicians worldwide, nominates individuals based on their research, qualifications, and vita. Subsequently, the nomination committee submits the names of the nominated individuals, along with supporting materials, to the selection committee. After a thorough multi-step review, the selection committee, comprising leading mathematicians with different research interest, makes a final decision. All the members of the selection committee, with the exception of the committee chair, are non-Chinese, thereby ensuring the independence and integrity of their decision.

**The Chern Prize**

The Chern Prize in mathematics was established in 2001 in honor of Professor Shing-Shen Chern, one of the greatest geometers and Chinese mathematicians of the twentieth century. The Chern Prize is presented every three years to mathematicians of Chinese descent who have made exceptional contributions to mathematical research or to public service activities in support of mathematics.

**Ronnie C. Chan**

Mr. Chan is awarded the **2016 Chern Prize** for his tremendous contributions to the Chinese mathematics community, including the establishment of the Morningside Center of Mathematics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Morningside Medal of Mathematics, and the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards for high school students in Hong Kong. Mr. Chan is Chairman of publicly listed Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited, and Co-Chair of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center. He also co-founded the Morningside group and Morningside Foundation – the charitable and philanthropic arm of Morningside which has a long tradition of supporting education including the Morningside Center for Mathematics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians, and the Morningside Music Bridge for gifted young classical musicians. In addition, Mr. Chan is actively involved in many non-profits, philanthropic endeavors, and educational organizations. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities. Mr. Chan holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, and was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University.

**Xi-Ping Zhu**

Professor Zhu is awarded the **2016 Chern Prize** for his contributions to evolution equation in geometry and his training of geometers at Sun Yat-sen University. He is Professor of Department of Mathematics and Vice President of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). Professor Zhu is also a standing member of SYSU Committee of the Communist Party of China. He received his Ph.D. in Science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Zhu’s primary research interest is geometric analysis. He has solved several world-famous mathematical open problems and conjectures, for instance, with Huai-Dong Cao, he gave a complete proof of the Hamilton-Perelman theory on Poincaré and Thurston’s geometrization conjecture. Jointly with Bing-Long Chen, Siu-Hung Tang and Huiling Gu, he made important contributions to the Ricci flow and its geometric applications, including solving the open problem of the fundamental uniqueness theorem of the Ricci flow theory, proving a conjecture on four-dimensional manifolds with positive isotropic curvature, proving Hamilton’s conjecture on Type II singularities of the Ricci flow, and partially solved Shing-Tung Yau’s uniformization conjecture. Professor Zhu has won many accolades, which include the Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics (2004), the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (1998), among others. Professor Zhu was distinguished professor for Chang Jiang Scholars (2001-2006), an advisor to the winners of the 100 National Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2002 and 2013), and academic leader of the Innovative Research Group of the National Science Fund of China (2015).

**The ICCM International Cooperation Award**

The ICCM International Cooperation Award is presented to an individual who has promoted the development of mathematics in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through collaboration, teaching, and support of Chinese mathematicians. The inaugural award was presented at the Third International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians in 2004. The Selection Committee for the ICCM International Cooperation Award in 2004 was chaired by Professor Shing-Tung Yau, President of the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians. The other members of the Selection Committee are Professor Shiu-Yuen Cheng of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor Jun Li of Stanford University, Professor Chang-Shou Lin of Taiwan University, Professor Kefeng Liu of the University of California at Los Angeles and Zhejiang University, Professor Jie Xiao of Tsinghua University, Professor Zhouping Xin of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor Lo Yang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

**Björn Engquist**

Professor Engquist is awarded the **2016 ICCM International Cooperation Award** for his significant contributions in nurturing and mentoring a large number of outstanding Chinese mathematicians, and his strong support of the Chinese mathematical community throughout his career. Professor Engquist is the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair I Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. His recent work includes homogenization theory, multi-scale methods, and fast algorithms for wave propagation. Professor Engquist received his Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Uppsala University in 1975. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1991), and received the first James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (1982), the Peter Henrici Prize (2011), and the Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics (2012).