Yum-Tong Siu

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Siu.
Yum-Tong Siu
Yum-Tong Siu.jpg
Yum-Tong Siu in 2000
Born (1943-05-06) May 6, 1943 (age 73)
Guangzhou, China
Alma mater University of Hong Kong
Occupation Mathematician
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 蕭蔭堂
Simplified Chinese 萧荫堂
Hanyu Pinyin Xiāo Yìntáng
Yale Romanization Sīu Yamtòhng
Jyutping Siu1 Jam3-tong4

Yum-Tong Siu (蕭蔭堂; born May 6, 1943 in Guangzhou, China) is the William Elwood Byerly Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Siu is a prominent figure in the mathematics of several complex variables. His research interests involve the intersection of complex variables, differential geometry, and algebraic geometry. He has resolved various conjectures by applying estimates of the complex Neumann problem and the theory of multiplier ideal sheaves to algebraic geometry.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Siu obtained his BA in mathematics from the University of Hong Kong in 1963, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1966.[3] Before joining Harvard, he taught at Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Yale, and Stanford. In 1982 he joined Harvard as a Professor, of Mathematics. He previously served as the Chairman of the Harvard Math Department.[4]

In 2006, Siu published a proof of the finite generation of the pluricanonical ring.[5]

Awards, Honors and Professional Memberships[edit]

In 1993, Siu received the Stefan Bergman Prize[6] of the American Mathematical Society. He has holds honorary doctorates from 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); and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (elected 1998),[7] the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2002),[8] and Academia Sinica, Taiwan (elected 2004).[9][10] He has been an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Helsinki (1978), Warsaw (1983) and Beijing (2002).

Currently, Siu is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Clay Mathematics Institute (since 2003); the Advisory Committee for the Shaw Prize In Mathematical Sciences (since 2010);[11] the Advisory Committee for the Millennium Prize Problems under the sponsorship of the Clay Mathematics Institute; the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute for Mathematics Sciences, National University of Singapore[12] (since 2009) and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (since 2006).[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MSRI Publications #37: Several Complex Variables". msri.org. 
  2. ^ "Yum-Tong Siu: Hongkong-Princeton-Harvard, A Path of Several Complex Variables" (PDF). Asia-Pacific Mathematics Newsletter. 
  3. ^ "Biographical Note of Professor Yum-Tong Siu". Shaw Prize. 
  4. ^ "Harvard Mathematics Department : Home page". harvard.edu. 
  5. ^ "[math/0610740] A General Non-Vanishing Theorem and an Analytic Proof of the Finite Generation of the Canonical Ring". arxiv.org. 
  6. ^ "Stefan Bergman Prize". American Mathematical Society. 
  7. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences" (PDF). amacad.org. 
  8. ^ "National Academy of Sciences". nasonline.org. 
  9. ^ https://db1n.sinica.edu.tw/textdb/academicians/showPrizeList.p[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "院士會議". sinica.edu.tw. 
  11. ^ "The Shaw Prize - Top prizes for astronomy, life science and mathematics". shawprize.org. 
  12. ^ "Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NUS)". nus.edu.sg. 
  13. ^ "IAS: IAS Panel: International Advisors". ntu.edu.sg. 

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