The Chinese University of Hong Kong holds unveiling ceremony of the New Cornerstone Science Laboratory
The unveiling ceremony of the New Cornerstone Science Laboratory was held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on May 12. As per a previous announcement by The New Cornerstone Investigator Program, established by Tencent, Professor He Xu-hua from CUHK’s Department of Mathematics and Professor Liu Ren-bao from the Department of Physics were selected among the first batch of New Cornerstone Investigators. They will receive funding to conduct basic research for five years.
Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice Chancellor and President of CUHK, said: “Basic research is the bedrock of scientific and technological development. I am deeply thankful to Tencent for its visionary investment in cultivating talents and promoting basic science for the country. The University is extremely proud to see Professor He Xu-hua and Professor Liu Ren-bao selected as the first New Cornerstone Investigators by Tencent. I hope their research findings can help create a vibrant future for science in China and around the world.”
Guests at the New Cornerstone Science Laboratory unveiling ceremony included Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, Professor Sham Mai-har, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) of CUHK, Professor Song Chun-shan, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Benny Zee, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services, Ms Wang Wu-rong, Vice President of Tencent, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of New Cornerstone Science Foundation, Dr Zhang Sheng-yu, Distinguished Scientist of Tencent Quantum Lab, Mr James Li, Chief Executive of Tencent Foundation, and two New Cornerstone Researchers, Professor Liu Ren-bao, Professor from the Department of Physics and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Mathematics, Professor He Xu-hua from the Department of Mathematics and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Professor He Xu-hua’s research interests include algebraic groups, representation theory and arithmetic geometry. He has been awarded the Xplorer Prize (Mathematics and Physics) by the Tencent Foundation in 2020, and the AMS Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory by the American Mathematical Society in 2022 in recognition of his outstanding research achievements.
Professor Liu Ren-bao’s research interests are quantum physics, quantum optics, quantum information science and technology, and nonlinear optics. He has been awarded the Huang Kun Prize and the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. The New Cornerstone Investigator grant will support Professor Liu in establishing a theory of quantum many-body lasers.