SS Chern – A Mathematician

Shiing-Shen Chern (/ɜːrn/Chinese陳省身pinyinChén XǐngshēnMandarin: [tʂʰən.ɕiŋ.ʂən]; October 28, 1911 – December 3, 2004) was a Chinese-American mathematician and poet.

He made fundamental contributions to differential geometry and topology. He has been called the “father of modern differential geometry” and is widely regarded as a leader in geometry and one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century, winning numerous awards and recognition including the Wolf Prize and the inaugural Shaw Prize.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

In memory of Shiing-Shen Chern, the International Mathematical Union established the Chern Medal in 2010 to recognize “an individual whose accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics”.[8]

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