The year 2021 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Shiing-Shen Chern, an international master of mathematics. In order to remember Mr. Chern’s great contribution to Chinese mathematics and to stimulate young people's interest in mathematics learning, a series of activities, prepared by the Chern Institute of Mathematics, was officially launched recently.
The commemorative activities mainly include a series of academic reports, an exhibition of Mr. Shiing-Shen Chern’s handwriting, a play performance of Geometric Life II - Master Chern, a photo exhibition of Chern Institute of Mathematics, a photo exhibition of Mr. Shiing-Shen Chern, a general meeting to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Mr. Shiing-Shen Chern’s birth and the 10th Geometry and Topology of Submanifolds Conference, etc.
Chern Institute of Mathematics invited a number of academicians and experts to share with teachers and students in Nankai their experience made of struggle, scientific research spirit and feelings to the family and the nation, and to cooperate with Tianjin Daily. In April, the commemoration column of Mathematical Power in the 21st Century - commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the birth of Mr. Shiing-Shen Chern was launched in April, and the Biography of Shiing-Shen Chern is expected to be serialized in August.
Mr. Chern is a member of the American Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Academy of Sciences of China, France, Italy, Russia and other countries, as well as member and fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Chern has won many honors such as the National Medal of Science, Israel Wolf Prize, The People’s Republic of China International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award and the first Shaw prize in mathematical sciences. In 2002, he was selected for the honorary chairman of the International Congress of mathematicians (ICM) held in Beijing. On December 3, 2004, Mr. Chern died of illness.
Since the beginning of the reform and opening up, Mr. Chern has been concerned about the revival of China's mathematics cause. Particularly in 1985, he established Nankai Institute of Mathematics, presided over academic activities based on Nankai, and trained a large number of outstanding young mathematicians, which has played an important role in the rapid rise of mathematics in China after the abovementioned period.
In 2000, Mr. Chern and his wife went back to Nankai to settle down. Since then, Mr. Chern has lectured for undergraduates, graduate students, recruited talents, promoting the development of Nankai mathematics and making great contributions to the cause of mathematics in our country.
(Reported by Jingqiu Hao, translated by Xinyu Wen, edited by Davide Francolino and JianjingYun)