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Yum-Tong Siu (simplified Chinese: 萧荫堂; traditional Chinese: 蕭蔭堂; pinyin: Xiāo Yìntáng; born May 6, 1943 in Guangzhou, China) is the William Elwood Byerly Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University.
Dr. Siu has been a prominent figure in the mathematics of several complex variables for a quarter-century. He has mastered techniques at the interfaces between complex variables, differential geometry, and algebraic geometry. For example, he applied estimates of the complex Neumann problem and the theory of multiplier ideal sheaves to algebraic geometry, to resolve various conjectures. (cf. MSRI Publications, Vol. 37: Several Complex Variables)
Siu's education included a BA in mathematics from the University of Hong Kong, M.A. from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Princeton University, in the period 1963–1966. He started his academic career as Assistant Professor in Purdue and Notre Dame Universities, but rose fast in the ranks and became full Professor at Yale and then Stanford Universities. In 1982 he joined Harvard as Professor, and in 1992 became the William Elwood Byerly Professor. In addition he was former Chairman of the Harvard Math Department He lives in the Greater Boston area.
He has received numerous recognitions including invited addresses at three International Congresses of Mathematicians (Helsinki, 1978; Warsaw, 1983; Beijing, 2002); Bergman Prize of the American Mathematical Society *http://www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/ams-supported/bergman-prize; honorary doctorates at the University of Hong Kong, University of Bochum, Germany, and University of Macau. He is a Corresponding Member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences (elected 1993), a Foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (elected 2004), a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences(elected 1998), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (elected 2002), and Academia Sinica, Taiwan (elected 2004).
Currently he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Clay Mathematics Institute (since 2003); Advisory Committee for the Shaw Prize In Mathematical Sciences (since 2010); Advisory Committee for the Millennium Prize Problems under the sponsorship of the Clay Mathematics Institute. He is also a member of Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute for Mathematics Sciences, National University of Singapore (since 2009) and of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (since 2006).
- [math/0610740] A General Non-Vanishing Theorem and an Analytic Proof of the Finite Generation of the Canonical Ring
- Yum-Tong Siu at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- In 2003 and 2004, the Asian Journal of Mathematics dedicated several issues to Siu:
- Academia Sinica page on Siu