Dr Yeo Sze Ling is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Mathematics in SPMS. She is one of this year’s three winners of Singapore Youth Award.
Dr Yeo is a visually handicapped researcher who lost her sight when she was four years old. Click here to read more on how she was awarded the A*Star Graduate Scholarship and the National Science and Technology Award before she became a Research Scientist 1 at I2R and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NTU.
Come to Lee Wee Nam Library and have a look at the Singapore Youth Award 2012 exhibition. This exhibition will be held from 24 September to 25 October 2012.
The Fields Medal is officially known as International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics. As there is no Nobel Prize for mathematics, Filed Medal is often described as the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics”.
The Fields Medal bears the name of a Canadian mathematician Kohn Charles Fields. Fields was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1863. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in mathematics at the age of 21. He finished his Ph.D. at Jonhs Hopkins University in 1887.
When Fields was the Secretary of the 1924 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), he attracted many sponsors and saved a large amount of money. The Committee he chaired decided to use this fund for establishing an outstanding award. ICM adopted the Committee’s proposal after Field died of a severe stroke in August 1932. Field also donated his estate to the award.
Fields Medal is now awarded by International Mathematical Union (IMU) every four years up to four mathematicians under the age of 40. The 40-year rule is based on the agreement with Fields’ proposal that prize recognize both existing work and the promise of future achievement. Each award consists of a medal and $15,000 Canadian dollars.
Since 1936, 63 mathematicians have received the Field Medal. Based on Fields’ proposal that the prize be “as purely international and impersonal as possible”, the country indicates the location of the institution, not the nationality of the recipient.
Assistant Professor Zhang Baile wins the TR35 Global 2012 award for his major contributions in optical cloaking. The TR35 recognises the world’s top 35 innovations under the age of 35. Dr Zhang, 31, is the only Singapore recipient. He created a large invisibility cloak by gluing two pieces of calcite together.
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