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Horng-Tzer Yau

Horng-Tzer Yau

American mathematician
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Intro American mathematician
Countries United States of America
Occupations Physicist Mathematician Educator
Gender male
Education Princeton University, National Taiwan University
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Horng-Tzer Yau (姚鴻澤) (born 1959 in Taiwan) is a Taiwanese-American mathematician. He received his B.Sc. in 1981 from National Taiwan University and his Ph.D. in 1987 from Princeton University. Yau joined the faculty of NYU in 1988, and became a full professor at its Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1994. He moved to Stanford in 2003, and then to Harvard University in 2005. He was also a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1987-88, 1991–92, and 2003, and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2013-14.
According to William C. Kirby, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, "Professor Yau is a leader in the fields of mathematical physics, ... who has introduced important tools and concepts to study probability, stochastic processes, nonequilibrium statistical physics, and quantum dynamics."


  • Simons Investigator Award
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship
  • Packard Foundation Fellowship, 1991
  • Henri Poincaré Prize, 2000
  • MacArthur Fellowship, 2000
  • Morningside Gold Medal of Mathematics, 2001
  • Academician of the Academia Sinica
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012
  • Editor-in-Chief of Communications in Mathematical Physics
  • the 2017 Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics & Physics

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