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Shaw Prize Exhibition to be held at Science Museum starting tomorrow

The Hong Kong Science Museum will launch "The Shaw Prize 2021 Exhibition" on Friday to introduce this year's Shaw Laureates and their outstanding contributions.
The award ceremony was held today (Thursday) virtually and livestreamed via the Shaw Prize website. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attended the ceremony and sent a congratulatory message to the Shaw Laureates.

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded to Victoria M Kaspi, a professor at McGill University in Canada and Chryssa Kouveliotou, a chair of the Department of Physics at George Washington University in the United States.

They are awarded the prize for their contributions to human's understanding of magnetars, a class of highly magnetized neutron stars that are linked to a wide range of spectacular, transient astrophysical phenomena.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine is awarded to Scott D Emr, a professor from Cornell University in the United States, for his remarkable discovery of the pathway and mechanism of the Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport that has contributed to further study of diseases.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences was awarded to professor Jean-Michel Bismut from the Université Paris-Saclay in France, and professor Jeff Cheegar from the New York University in the United States.

They solved long-standing open problems in geometry. They also introduced important new ideas and built tools which have greatly extended possibilities in modern geometry, and as a result have transformed the subject.

The exhibition at the science museum will start running from tomorrow until January 5, 2022. Click here and learn more about the exhibition.

The online Shaw Prize Lectures will be held tomorrow as well by respective organizing universities in Hong Kong. Click here for more details.

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