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Professor Shing-Tung Yau visits Northwest University

On July 9, Professor Shing-Tung Yau, an internationally famed Chinese mathematician and the dean of Qiuzhen College at Tsinghua University, along with over 30 teachers and students from Tsinghua University, visited Northwest University (NWU) and met with Guo Lihong, president of NWU. Professor Yau, accompanied by president Guo, visited NWU Museum, the Museum of NWU's History, NWU Earth Museum and NWU History museum.

NWU held a symposium at NWU Museum to welcome Professor Yau’s visit. President Guo welcomed the teachers and students from Qiuzhen College at Tsinghua University, then extended heartfelt thanks to Professor Yau for his continuing support to the development of NWU and its disciplines of mathematics before he gave Professor Yau rubbings taken from cultural relics as a souvenir. Professor Yau fully recognized NWU’s achievements in developing itself and advancing its disciplines of mathematics, and extend his congratulations to NWU. He said he would continue to support NWU’s development.

Professor Shing-Tung Yau is a Chinese American mathematician and a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He made great contributions to differential geometry. In 1976, he solved the Calabi Conjecture and Positive Mass Conjecture in Einstein’s equation, and made an integration of differential geometry and differential equations, which exerted an immeasurable influence on later generations. In 1982, he won the Fields Medal, the highest honor in the field of mathematics, for his contributions to geometry, topology and physics. In 2018, he won the Marcel Grossmann Awards and was the first Chinese mathematician who won this award. Tsinghua University’s two academic insititues: Yau Mathematical Sciences Center and Qiuzhen College are now headed by Professor Yau. He has been a chair professor of Harvard University since 1987, and the director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and distinguished Professor-at-Large of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1994 and 2003 respectively. In addition, he has been a professor of physics at Harvard University since 2013. In 2009, Professor Shing-Tung Yau visited Northwest University and was employed as an honorary professor.