This is very sad news. Chern is a great mathematician and role model for all of us who are searching for scientific knowledge to improve the lives of human kind. He is such a great scholar with so many contributions to so many fields and yet at the same time so humble, so approachable. Please rest in peace.
(Xinhua News Agency)
Shiing-shen Chern (Chen Xingshen), a world-renowned overseas Chinese mathematician, 93, died of illness at his home at Nankai University in north China’s city of Tianjin at around 7:15 p.m. Friday, the university announced.
Chern, a US citizen, is best known for his achievements in the study of differential geometry.
Born in 1911 at the time of the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing, Chern graduated from Nankai University in 1930. Later he received further education at Qinghua University and the University of Hamburg in Germany.
He taught at several Chinese and US universities, including Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the only Chinese to win the Wolf Prize – the most distinguished award in the international mathematics field.
Chern’s particular field of research led to the development of the later-named Chern characteristic classes in fiber spaces that came to play a role in a wide area of mathematics and mathematical physics.
The International Astronomical Union officially named asteroid No. 1998CS2 after the noted mathematician in November for his outstanding contributions to human society.