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The Charm of Mathematics: from Geometry to Number Theory –

Joint Academic Conference

by

The Future Science Prize and The University of Hong Kong

Professor Ngaiming MOK, Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics and Chair of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong, was awarded the 2022 Future Science Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science in recognition of his exceptional contributions in promoting the development of mathematics and computer science related basic research in the Greater China region.

The University of Hong Kong is honored to co-host with the Future Science Prize to present a Joint Academic Conference during which Professor Mok will present his theory on complex geometry. Distinguished international scholars will also be invited to present their recent research findings, followed by a roundtable discussion.

Date: November 2, 2022 (Wednesday)

Time: 09:30 am – 12:10 pm

Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, 2/F Main Library, The University of Hong Kong

Language: English

Remarks: Registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact the Academic Liaison Office at aloevent@hku.hk.

Programme Rundown

Time

09:30 - 09:35

09:35 - 09:40

09:40 - 10:10

10:10 - 10:40

10:40 - 11:10

11:10 - 11:40

11:40 - 12:10

Content

Opening Remarks by Professor Max SHEN

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Hong Kong

Welcoming Remarks by Professor Shou-Wu ZHANG

Sub-Committee Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Prize of the Future Science Prize;

Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University;

Member, U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences

Keynote Speech - “Journey to the World of Numbers through Complex Geometry”

Professor Ngaiming MOK

Laureate, 2022 Future Science Prize – Mathematics and Computer Science

Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics & Chair of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong

Invited Speech - “Global Non-Deformability of Irreducible Compact Hermitian Symmetric Manifolds”

Professor Yum-Tong SIU

William Elwood Byerly Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University

Invited Speech - “Enumerative Geometry on Moduli Spaces”

Professor Wei-Ping LI

Chair Professor, Department of Mathematics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Invited Speech - “Periods”

Professor em. Dr. Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ

Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Roundtable Discussion - "Cross-fertilization in Mathematical Research"

Moderator:

Professor Patrick Tuen-Wai NG

Professor, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong

Panelists:

Professor Ngaiming MOK

Laureate, 2022 Future Science Prize – Mathematics and Computer Science

Edmund and Peggy Tse Professor in Mathematics & Chair of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong

Professor Yum-Tong SIU

William Elwood Byerly Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University

Professor em. Dr. Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ

Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Professor Bao-Hua FU

Professor, Morningside Center of Mathematics, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Speaker Biography #

Professor Ngaiming Mok

Professor Mok was a graduate of St. Paul's Co-educational College in 1975. He obtained his PhD at Stanford University in 1980 and embarked on his teaching and research career at Princeton University. Subsequently, he was Professor at Columbia University and University of Paris, before returning to Hong Kong in 1994 to take up a Chaired Professorship in the Department of Mathematics at HKU.

Professor Mok is recognised worldwide for his research achievements. The prestigious awards he received include the Sloan Fellowship Award (US), Presidential Young Investigator Award (US), Croucher Award 1998 (Hong Kong), State Natural Science Award (Class II) 2007 (China), the Bergman Prize of the American Mathematical Society 2009, and the Chern Prize of the ICCM 2022. Professor Mok served on the Editorial Board of Inventiones Mathematicae from 2002 to 2014. He served as a member of the Fields Medal Committee for the world's prestigious International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in 2010, and was a core member for the subject panels of Algebraic and Complex Geometry in ICM 2006, and in Analysis and its Applications in ICM 2014. As Director of the Institute of Mathematical Research at HKU, Professor Mok also strives to provide a platform where researchers in Mathematics can freely exchange their research ideas, and create an ambiance that facilitates cross-fertilisation between different fields of Mathematics. He was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) in 2015, and later a Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences in 2017.

Professor Yum-Tong SIU

After obtaining his BA degree in Mathematics from The University of Hong Kong, Professor Yum-Tong SIU received an MA degree from University of Minnesota in 1964 and a PhD from Princeton University in 1966.

Professor SIU rose from the ranks of assistant professor at Purdue University (1966 – 67) and Notre Dame University (1967 – 70) to tenured faculty at Yale (1970 – 1978), Stanford (1978 – 1982), and Harvard (since 1982); he was also the Department Chair at Harvard University from 1996 to 1999 and is currently the William Elwood Byerly Professor of Mathematics of Harvard University.

Professor SIU is a dominant figure in the field of several complex variables in mathematics. In 1993 he received the Stefan Bergman Prize for his contributions to this field. His research interests involve the interface of complex variables, differential geometry and algebraic geometry. Professor SIU is a member of National Academy of Sciences, USA, a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, a corresponding member of Goettingen Academy of Sciences, a member of Academia Sinica, Taiwan and a member of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. In addition to receiving honorary doctorates from The University of Hong Kong, University of Bochum in Germany, and University of Macau, Professor SIU also has the honour of delivering three invited addresses at the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians, two of which were plenary addresses.

Professor Wei-Ping LI

Professor Li Weiping is currently a Chair Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He obtained Ph.D. degree in 1991 at Columbia University and came to join HKUST in 1992. His research area is algebraic geometry. He is awarded ICCM 2017 Gold Medal of Best Paper Award, and 2021 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award (First Class) from the Ministry of Education of China.

Professor Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ

Professor Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ is Professor Emeritus at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He received his PhD at the University of Freiburg, his Habilitation at the University of Wuppertal and the University of Bonn. He was Associate Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Professor at Wuppertal before becoming Chair in Mathematics at ETH Zurich in 1987. He co-founded the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics in 2003 and served as Director until 2008.

Professor Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ is Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2000) where he was Senator of the Mathematics Section (2011-2019), of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (since 2003), of the Academia Europaea (since 2008) where he was Chairman of the Mathematics Section (2011-2013), and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 2016).

Professor Gisbert WÜSTHOLZ is internationally known for his fundamental contributions to number theory and arithmetic geometry. Highlights of his scientific work are his analytic subgroup theorem, the multiplicity estimates on group varieties, his proof of the abelian analogue of Lindemann’s theorem, the isogeny estimates for abelian varieties (with D. Masser), his joint work on Schmidt's subspace theorem (with G. Faltings), on logarithmic forms (with A. Baker), and his joint work with A. Huber including their recent book “Transcendence and Linear Relations of 1-Periods” in Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics, Cambridge University Press (2022). He stayed for extended periods at places including the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the MSRI (Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute) in Berkeley, Trinity College in Cambridge, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong. He delivered an invited address at the International Congress of Mathematicians and at other celebrated occasions.

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About Future Science Prize

Established in 2016, the Future Science Prize aims to recognise and pay tribute to outstanding scientists in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau for their scientific breakthroughs and innovations. The Prize is given in three categories – Life Science Prize, Physical Science Prize, and Mathematics and Computer Science Prize, each with US$1 million in prize money.