In 2002, a Chinese philanthropist Shao Yifu has established an annual international award to reward scientists whose discoveries have had a positive impact on humanity. The award was named after him and, according to tradition, it is awarded outstanding people of the three scientific fields: astronomy, medicine and mathematics. The winners, in addition to the medal, a cash award in the amount of 1.2 million us dollars.
As always, in 2019 for the nomination of candidates was invited reputable scientists who are experts in each of the three award areas. So, the chair of the section of astronomy is a German astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel, section of medicine, directs the American cytologist, Raindi Schekman, and at the head of the mathematical section is the British mathematician William Timothy Gowers.
Award winner Shao 2019 on astronomy
This year the award in this field have been Professor at the California Institute of technology Edward stone. It is known that for many years coordinates the program “Voyager”, the devices which are still in service. The award went to him deservedly so — after all, it is through this program humanity has reached the edge of the Solar systemand is now exploring interstellar space.
Award winner Shao 2019 in medicine
In biology and medicine this year was won by the Professor of Cornell University Maria Yasin. According to the jury, she won the award through his work on the study of the processes of DNA repair. Through her work, mankind had the tools to edit mammalian genomes.
Award winner Shao 2019 math
Finally, prize in mathematics this year became Professor at the University of Paris Michelle Talagrand. The jury said of his work in the field of concentration inequalities and supremum stochastic processes. Previously, he has received other awards — for example, in 1997 he became the laureate of Prize for young mathematicians (he was 45).
This sixteenth — awards ceremony will be held September 25 in Hong Kong. It is noteworthy that earlier the prize money was only one million dollars, but in 2016, the amount increased to 1.2 million.