Shing-Tung YauShing-Tung Yau (born April 4, 1949) is a prominent mathematician.
He was born is Guangdong, China, and did his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where his advisor was S. S. Chern. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1971, he spent a post-doctoral year at the Institute for Advanced Study. He then spent two years as an assistant professor at Stony Brook University.
In 1974 he was appointed a professor at Stanford University. He returned to the Institute for Advance Study as a professor in 1979. From 1984 to 1987 he was a professor at UC San Diego, where he also chaired the department of mathematics. In 1987 he moved to Harvard University, where he remains.