About This Lecture

Tsinghua University Loo-Keng Hua Distinguished Lecture was established in 2011 by Mathematical Sciences Center, Tsinghua University to honor the fundamental contributions of Loo-Keng Hua to number theory, algebra and analysis. The lectureship is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the advancement of number theory, algebra and analysis. The recipient will deliver a public lecture at Tsinghua University. The award includes round-trip travel to Beijing, a citation and a cash prize.

Loo-Keng Hua

Loo-Keng HuaLoo-Keng Hua, was born in Jintan county, Jiangsu Province on November 12, 1910, died in Tokyo, Japan on June 12, 1985. After graduation from Jintan Junior Middle School in 1924, he studied at Shanghai Chung-Hua Vocational School, Shanghai for less than 2 years before dropping out of school because of poverty. Since then he has been taught himself mathematics diligently, which brought C. L. Hsiung’s attention. He was invited to teach at Tsinghua University in 1931. He continued studying mathematics while working at Tsinghua, he was promoted as assistant lecturer by exception in 1933, became a lecturer in 1935. Hua visited Cambridge University in England in 1936 supported by Tsinghua. He returned in 1938, employed as a professor at Tsinghua University. Hua was invited to do research at Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, USA in 1946, served as a professor at University of Illinois in 1948. Then he returned to Tsinghua as a professor. In 1952, Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences was founded at Tsinghua University. Hua was the director. Hua was nominated as an academician of Chinese academy of Sciences in 1955. In the following years, He served as director of Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, member of the math- physics-chemistry department and vice director of education department, chair of math department and Vice President of University of Science & Technology of China, director of Institute of Applied Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, vice president of Chinese Academy of Sciences, committee member of chairman group, etc. He also served as member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and Vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Hua was one of the leading mathematicians in 20th century. His research field involves function of several complex variables, number theory, algebra and applied mathematics and many other aspects, all of which have great impact on mathematics. He had great success on every aspect. There are many theorem, lemma, inequality, operators and methods named after him, such as the Hua’s Lemma in number theory (full triangle and estimates), Hua’s inequality, the semi-automorphism theorem in edgebra, and research of several complex function on the four categories of typical domain and the introduction of Hua operators and the high dimensional quadrature formulas of the cyclotomic field in the numerical calculation and so on. He had a group of outstanding students. He won the first prize of National Nature Science Award in 1956. In 1990, together with Yuan Wang, he won CHEN Jiageng Science award. He was elected foreign fellow of the American Science Academy, academician of Third World Academy of Sciences, academician of Germany Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He was awarded honorary doctorate by the Nancy University of France, Hong Kong Chinese University and the University of Illinois. He has published 163 papers in mathematics, 13 mathematical monographs, 10 math science books.

In 2002, National Academy of Sciences published “Loo-Keng Hua”.