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Shaw Prize

Shaw Prize

Shaw Prize medal. Original design
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in astronomy, life science and medicine, and mathematical sciences.
Presented by The Shaw Prize Foundation, Shaw Prize Council
Country  Hong Kong ,China
First awarded 2002
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The Shaw Prize, established by Sir Run Run Shaw (邵逸夫 b. 1907), a leader in the media industry in Hong Kong and a long-time philanthropist, to honour "individuals, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or application, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind." It is known as the Nobel Prize of the East. The annually awarded prize purse is US$1 million.


Shaw Prize laureates



  • 2004 P. James E. Peebles – for his many contributions to cosmology
  • 2005 Geoffrey Marcy and Michel Mayor – for their discovery of the first extrasolar planets
  • 2006 Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and Brian P. Schmidt – for their discovery of cosmic acceleration and dark- or vacuum energy
  • 2007 Peter Goldreich – for his work in astrophysics and Planetary sciences

Life Science and Medicine

  • 2004 Prize One Stanley N. Cohen and Herbert W. Boyer – for their discoveries in DNA cloning and genetic engineering; and
    Kan Yuet-wai (簡悅威) – for his discoveries in DNA polymorphism
  • 2004 Prize Two Sir Richard Doll – for his work in cancer epidemiology
  • 2005 Michael Berridge – for his work in calcium signaling in cellular regulation
  • 2006 Wang Xiaodong – for his work in biochemical basis of programmed cell death
  • 2007 Robert Lefkowitz – for his work with G-protein coupled receptors

Mathematical Sciences

  • 2004 Chern Shiing-shen (陳省身) – for his initiation of the field of global differential geometry
  • 2005 Andrew John Wiles – for his proof of Fermat's last theorem
  • 2006 David Mumford – for his pattern theory and vision research; and
    Wu Wenjun – for his work in the field of mathematics mechanization
  • 2007 Robert Langlands and Richard Taylor – for their contributions of the Langlands program connecting prime numbers with symmetry

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