Shaw Prize

Shaw Prizes still favour men of science

(Left to right) Ching Pak-chung, Council member; Yang Chen-ning, chairman of the Board of Adjudicators of The Shaw Prize; Mona Shaw, chairperson of The Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust; and Kenneth Young, vice chairman of the Board of Adjudicators of The Shaw Prize. Photo: Dickson Lee

It's still a man's world in the Shaw Prizes for scientific research, with only one woman winning an award in the past decade. And while strides are being made to tip the gender balance, the prizegivers said at this year's awards that it was not up to them to give more recognition to female scientists.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 5:22am 2 comments

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Shaw Prize laureates announced

Shaw Prize laureates announced

28 May 2013 - 1:21am

Shaw laureate Maxim Kontsevich's work recognised at award ceremony

Professor Maxim Kontsevich loves his work. Photo: Sam Tsang

It is hard to follow a conversation with Maxim Kontsevich, as he peppers it with unfamiliar terms such as mirror symmetry and vector spaces.

For the average person, the Russian mathematician may well have hailed from another dimension - delving into the mysteries of the universe to determine through maths how unseen forces balance one another.

23 Sep 2012 - 1:17pm

Shaw Prize laureates set great store by curiosity

Professors Franz-Ulrich Hartl (left) and Arthur Horwich, in Hong Kong to receive The Shaw Prize for their work on "protein folding". Photo: Nora Tam

For 20 years, professors Franz-Ulrich Hartl and Arthur Horwich loved to tinker with the functioning of protein in body cells.

Eventually, that curiosity-driven journeying led the pair - Shaw laureates in life science and medicine respectively - to major breakthroughs that are tipped to advance the search for cures for Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's and Parkinson's diseases.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:25am

Q&A: Astronomers Jewitt, Luu on winning Shaw Prize and science as culture

Professors David Jewitt (left) and Jane Luu. Photo: Nora Tam

Winners of the Shaw Prize gathered in Hong Kong this week to collect their US$1 million prizes for their contributions to the advancement of science. In this Q&A, we talk to astronomers David Jewitt and Jane Luu, who share the prize for astronomy for their 1992 discovery of the Kuiper Belt.


29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Shaw Prize winners say Hong Kong system to 'succeed' does not feel right

Shaw Prize winners Professor David Jewitt and Professor Jane Luu say they were free to do whatever they wanted in an ever evolving love of learning. Photo: Nora Tam

Professor Jane Luu's eyes widen as she leans back in her chair and raises her hands in protest. "That's crazy! So they can't just know piano, they have to learn the drums too?"

The Vietnamese-American astrophysicist, the first woman to win a Shaw Prize, is shocked to learn about the education of Hong Kong students.

19 Sep 2012 - 12:35pm 1 comment