Announcement of The Shaw Prize Laureates 2004
Thursday, May 27. At today's news conference in Hong Kong, The Shaw Prize Foundation announced the laureates of The Shaw Prize for 2004. Information was posted on the website from Hong Kong time 1530 (GMT 0730).
The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each prize bearing a monetary award of one million US dollars. This will be the first year that the Prize is awarded and the presentation ceremony has been scheduled for September 7, 2004.

Details of the inaugural laureates are as follows:

The Shaw Prize in Astronomy  - Professor P James E Peebles of Princeton University receives the prize in astronomy for his contribution to cosmology.

The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine  – two prizes are to be awarded this year:
Prize One - half of prize one will be jointly awarded to Professor Stanley N Cohen of Stanford University and Professor Herbert W Boyer of University of California, San Francisco for their discoveries on DNA cloning and genetic engineering, while the other half goes to
Professor Yuet - Wai Kan, also of University of California, San Francisco, for his discoveries on DNA polymorphism and its influence on human genetics.
Prize Two - Sir Richard Doll for his contribution to modern cancer epidemiology.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences – Professor Shiing-Shen Chern of Nankai University for his initiation of the field of global differential geometry and his contribution to the development of mathematics in the last 60 years.

The Shaw Prize was established under the auspices of Mr Run Run Shaw in November 2002, to honour scientists, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief, who have achieved significant breakthrough in academic and scientific research or application, and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind.

The Shaw Prize is an international prize managed and administered by The Shaw Prize Foundation. Mr Run Run Shaw has also founded two charities, The Sir Run Run Shaw Charitable Trust and The Shaw Foundation Hong Kong, both dedicated to the promotion of education, scientific and technological research, medical and welfare services, and culture and art.

27 May 2004, Hong Kong