Sun-Yung Alice Chang

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Sun-Yung Alice Chang
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Sun-Yung Alice Chang, 1989
Other namesAlice Chang
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of California, Berkeley
Spouse(s)Paul C. Yang
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Princeton University
Doctoral advisorDonald Sarason

Sun-Yung Alice Chang (Chinese: 张圣容; pinyin: Zhāng Shèngróng; born 1948) is a Chinese American mathematician specializing in aspects of mathematical analysis ranging from harmonic analysis and partial differential equations to differential geometry. She is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University.


Chang was born in Xian, China in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 from National Taiwan University, and her doctorate in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Chang wrote her thesis on the study of bounded analytic functions. Chang became a full professor at UCLA in 1980, moving to Princeton in 1998.[1]

Career and research[edit]

Chang’s research interests include the study of geometric types of nonlinear partial differential equations and problems in isospectral geometry. Working with her husband Paul Yang and others, she produced contributions to differential equations in relation to geometry and topology.[1]

She teaches at Princeton University as of 1998. Before that, she held visiting positions at University of California-Berkeley; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.; and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland.[1] She will be serving at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as visiting professor in 2015.[2]

In 2004,[3] she was interviewed by Yu Kiang Leong for Creative Minds, Charmed Lives: Interviews at Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, and she declared:

«In the mathematical community, we should leave room for people who want to do work in their own way. Mathematical research is not just a scientific approach; the nature of mathematics is sometimes close to that of art. Some people want individual character and an individual way of working things out. They should be appreciated too. There should be room for single research and collaborative research».[4]

Chang's life was profiled in the 2017 documentary film Girls who fell in love with Math.[5]

Service and honors[edit]


  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Yang, Paul C. Conformal deformation of metrics on . J. Differential Geom. 27 (1988), no. 2, 259–296.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung Alice; Yang, Paul C. Prescribing Gaussian curvature on . Acta Math. 159 (1987), no. 3-4, 215–259.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Yang, Paul C. Extremal metrics of zeta function determinants on 4-manifolds. Ann. of Math. (2) 142 (1995), no. 1, 171–212.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Gursky, Matthew J.; Yang, Paul C. The scalar curvature equation on 2- and 3-spheres. Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations 1 (1993), no. 2, 205–229.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Gursky, Matthew J.; Yang, Paul C. An equation of Monge-Ampère type in conformal geometry, and four-manifolds of positive Ricci curvature. Ann. of Math. (2) 155 (2002), no. 3, 709–787.
  • Chang, S.-Y. A.; Wilson, J. M.; Wolff, T. H. Some weighted norm inequalities concerning the Schrödinger operators. Comment. Math. Helv. 60 (1985), no. 2, 217–246.
  • Carleson, Lennart; Chang, Sun-Yung A. On the existence of an extremal function for an inequality of J. Moser. Bull. Sci. Math. (2) 110 (1986), no. 2, 113–127.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Fefferman, Robert Some recent developments in Fourier analysis and -theory on product domains. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 12 (1985), no. 1, 1–43.
  • Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Fefferman, Robert A continuous version of duality of with BMO on the bidisc. Ann. of Math. (2) 112 (1980), no. 1, 179–201.


  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Sun-Yung Alice Chang", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  1. ^ a b c "Sun-Yung Alice Chang". Faculty Profiles. Princeton University. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ "List of guests". Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. ^ Leong, Y K (Summer 2012). "An Interview with Sun-Yung Alice Chang" (PDF). Asia Pacific Mathematics Newsletter. 2: 25–29.
  4. ^ Leong, Yu Kiang (2010). Creative Minds, Charmed Lives: Interviews at Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore. World Scientific. ISBN 9789814317580. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  5. ^ "Girls who fell in love with Math". Taiwan Film Institute. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  6. ^ a b c d Oakes, Elizabeth H. (2002). International encyclopedia of women scientists. New York, NY: Facts on File. p. 58. ISBN 0816043817.
  7. ^ "Sun-Yung Alice Chang". Guggenheim Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Plenary Speakers". International Congress of Mathematics. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences: 1780-2013" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Professor Alice Chang awarded Doctor Honoris Causa of Pierre and Marie Curie University". Princeton University. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Sun-Yung Alice Chang". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  12. ^ 2012 Academicians Announced
  13. ^ 2016 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-11-16.
  14. ^ 2019 Class of AWM Fellows, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2019-01-19

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