Shou-Wu Zhang in 2014
October 9, 1962 |
|Alma mater||Sun Yat-sen University
Chinese Academy of Sciences
|Doctoral advisor||Lucien Szpiro|
|Notable awards||Sloan Fellowship (1997)
Morningside Medal (1998)
Guggenheim Fellow (2009)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011)
Shou-Wu Zhang (Chinese: 张寿武; pinyin: Zhāng Shòuwǔ; born October 9, 1962) is Henry Burchard Fine Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. He specializes in number theory and arithmetical algebraic geometry.
Shou-Wu Zhang was born in Hexian, Ma'anshan, Anhui, China on October 9, 1962. He was admitted to the Sun Yat-sen University chemistry department in 1980 and he later transferred to the mathematics department of the same institution. He received his bachelor's degree in 1983.
After Zhang received his master's degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986, he studied under Lucien Szpiro and Gerd Faltings at Columbia University, completing his PhD in 1991. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and an assistant professor at Princeton University from 1991 to 1996. Zhang has been tenured at Columbia University since 1996 and at Princeton University since 2011.
Zhang's main contributions to number theory and arithmetical algebraic geometry are his theory of positive line bundles in Arakelov theory which he used to prove (along with E. Ullmo) the Bogomolov conjecture, and also his generalization of the Gross-Zagier theorem from elliptic curves to abelian varieties of GL(2) type over totally real fields. In particular, the latter result led him to a proof of the rank one Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture for abelian varieties of GL(2) type over totally real fields. He has also developed the theory of arithmetic dynamics.
The honors that Zhang has received includes Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (1997), Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics (1998), Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2009), and Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011). He was also an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998.
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