Dr. Deng Wei Donates $1 Million for Endowed Chair in Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University
Honors Nobel Laureate C.N. Yang and his legacy at Stony Brook by establishing professorship in his name
STONY BROOK, NY, May 17, 2013 –
Introduced to President Stanley by Dr. Chen in Beijing in March, Dr. Deng made the gift to honor Dr. C.N. Yang, who, in the years after he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1957, joined the Stony Brook University faculty in 1966 as its Einstein Professor, and was founding Director of Stony Brook’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, now known as the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Dr. Yang participated actively in the University’s formative years, and the Yang Institute now encompasses the full range of theoretical physics, including elementary particles, string theory, statistical mechanics, and quantum information. Its former students and postdoctoral scholars hold leadership positions in science and education in the United States and around the world.
The faculty and alumni of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Yang Institute are continually being recognized for their leadership in the field. In the last year alone, Professor Leonardo Rastelli was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Simons Fellowship; Professor Rouven Essig was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship; alumnus Anne Shilling was awarded a Simons Fellowship; alumnus Ashoke Sen received the inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize for pioneering work on string theory; and alumnus Shoucheng Zhang shared a 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize from the Milner Foundation.
“On behalf of Stony Brook, I am profoundly grateful to Dr. Deng for his generosity to endow this faculty chair at Stony Brook. It will forever be a legacy and universally recognized as a tribute to Nobel Laureate, Dr. C.N. Yang,” said Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. “This is an extraordinary milestone for Stony Brook; it will foster world class achievements in physics and astronomy and will be celebrated for generations. It is a catalyst for new research and innovation which will benefit Stony Brook, China and the world.”
About Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University offers a diverse program and consistently ranks amongst the best and largest in the country. In their latest departmental rankings (2010), The US News and World listed the department as 23rd in the nation out of 145 programs in the United States; with the Nuclear Physics program ranked 4th. The 2010 NRC ranking which is the most prestigious ranking in the US, ranks the Graduate School among the top 15 programs in the country. The department shares faculty with the CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, a leading center for high energy physics, string theory and statistical mechanics; the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, a research center devoted to furthering fundamental knowledge in geometry and theoretical physics, especially knowledge at the interface of these two disciplines; and the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, with an aim to advance biology and medicine through discoveries in physics, mathematics and computational science. Current and past faculty members have received numerous top honors in the field, including the Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science, Niels Bohr Institute Prize, Dirac Prize, CAREER Awards, Humboldt Awards, PECASE Awards, Asahi Prize, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, Guggenheim, Sloan, AAAS, IEEE, American Physical Society and Royal Danish Academy Fellowships, and more.
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