Prof. Richard Schoen – Continuing to Lead with Excellence as Chair of 2023 HLMA Scientific Committee

Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA) is honored to have Professor Richard Schoen continue to serve as Chair of the 2023 HLMA Scientific Committee. Professor Schoen will lead the committee on the assessment and adjudication of the competition, ensuring the highest standards.

Professor Schoen is one of the world’s top mathematicians recognized for his groundbreaking contributions in the fields of differential geometry and general relativity. He is the Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Excellence in Teaching Chair at the University of California, Irvine. He has received numerous accolades, including the Bôcher Memorial Prize in 1989 and Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 2017.  

Professor Schoen’s research has made significant contributions to mathematics. He collaborated with his doctoral supervisor Professor Shing Tung Yau to prove the fundamental positive mass theorem in general relativity in 1979. He solved the Yamabe problem on compact manifolds in 1984, and alongside Professor Simon Brendle, he proved the differentiable sphere theorem in 2007.