Taiwanese mathematician wins Italy's Agostinelli Award

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Academia Sinica academician Liu Ta-ping has won an award from the Italian national academic institute, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, in recognition of his excellent scientific achievements, according to a statement released Monday by Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top academic research institute.
The statement said that Liu, who also serves as director of Academia Sinica's Institute of Mathematics, will receive the Cataldo e Angiola Agostinelli international prize June 11 in Rome.
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, founded in 1603 in the Italian capital, is the most prestigious Italian and the oldest European science academy, which gained its reputation in part by publishing the works of one of its most famous early members, Galileo. Its mandate is to coordinate, promote and spread scientific knowledge.
The Agostinelli award, presented by the academy every two years to an eminent international scholar in the field of pure or applied mathematics or mathematical physics, is considered one of the highest honors awarded in Italy, Academia Sinica said.
Liu, born in 1945, received his bachelor's degree from National Taiwan University in 1968 and his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in 1973.
He has been a faculty member at the University of Maryland, New York University and Stanford University, and became a distinguished research fellow at Academia Sinica in 2000. He was made an academician at Academia Sinica in 1992.
Liu's research interests center on nonlinear partial differential equations, shock wave theory and kinetic theory, according to the statement.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)