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Shiing-Shen Chern
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1911
Death: Dec. 3, 2004

Mathematician. Renowned mathematician noted for his breakthroughs in differential geometry that elevated its status in the mathematical domain worldwide. His research in differential geometry included the development of the Chern characteristic classes in fibre spaces which have a major role in mathematics and in mathematical physics. Born in Kashing, Chekaing province, China, he studied at Nankai University, then graduate school at Qinghua University in Beijing. Received his doctorate from the University of Hamburg in 1936. Held positions at Tsing Hua University in China, Princeton University, University of Chicago and from 1960 to 1979 at the University of California-Berkeley. After retiring he co-founded the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkely and served as its first director from 1981 to 1984. He was instrumental in starting the Nankai Institute for Mathematics in Tianjian. Awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983; elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1985 and the following year became an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society. Cause of death: heart failure, at the Nankai University campus in Tianjian, China. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
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Record added: Dec 10, 2004
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Shiing-Shen Chern
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