When Zhang Shousheng died, Yang Zhenning once commented that it was only a matter of time before he won the Nobel Prize.

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 When Zhang Shousheng died, Yang Zhenning once commented that it was only a matter of time before he won the Nobel Prize.


See the world in the sand, see heaven in the wild flowers, put infinity in the palm of your hand, and attain eternity in an hour. This is Zhang Shoushengs favorite poem.

On the morning of December 6, Beijing time, the news came that Zhang Shousheng, a famous Chinese physicist born and raised in Shanghai, had passed away.

Liberation Daily saw in the process of multiple confirmations that an email from Stanford University signed Steven Kivelson announced the news to its teachers at 6 p.m. on December 5, American time.

The email also contained a statement from his family that Zhang Shousheng died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 1, after fighting depression. Zhang Shousheng cherishes the good time with his family very much. During the family vacation they spent together, Zhang prefers to take them to see the most beautiful natural scenery on the earth, share with them the ancient historical stories of every area they visited, and encourage our latest ideas and interests. Zhang Shoushengs favorite poem is a poem by William Black, which expresses his mission to explore and discover the beauty of life indefinitely:

See the world in the sand

Seeing Heaven in Wild Flowers

Put infinity in the palm of your hand

Achieve eternity in an hour.

Zhang Shousheng is a judge on the 35-year-old technological innovators list of the Massachusetts Science and Technology Review. The magazines official Weibo Weibo at 10:47 a.m. on the 6th also sent a message about Zhang Shoushengs death.

Born in Shanghai and admitted to Fudan University at the age of 15

Zhang Shousheng, a Chinese-American scientist, was born in Shanghai in 1963 in Gaoyou, Jiangsu Province. Lifelong Professor, Department of Physics, Department of Electronic Engineering and Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University. Academician of the National Academy of Sciences, Academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was admitted to the Department of Physics of Fudan University at the age of 15 in 1978, went to Berlin Free University in 1979, and Shixi University of New York State University in 1983. He studied under Yang Zhenning and received his doctorate in 1987. In 1996, at the age of 33, he was awarded a tenured professor at Stanford University. In 2013, he was selected as a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was elected to the American Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Considered by Yang Zhenning as the next Chinese Nobel Prize winner

Zhang Shoucheng is a lifelong professor in the Department of Physics, Electronic Engineering and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He has been working on topological insulators, quantum spin Hall effect, spintronics, high temperature superconductivity and other fields. The quantum spin Hall effect proposed by his research team in 2006 was named Global Ten in 2007 by Science. One of the most important scientific breakthroughs, he is also considered by Yang Zhenning as the next Chinese Nobel Prize winner. Zhang Shousheng has won heavyweight prizes in physics, including the European Physics Award, the Barclays Award of the American Physics Society, the Dirac Award of the International Center for Theoretical Physics, and the Yuri Prize for Basic Physics. Professor Zhang Shousheng has published 15 articles in Science and 19 articles in Nature. These two are top international journals, which can be said to be the top achievements in scientific research.

In 2014, Thomson Reuters predicted that Zhang Shousheng would be among the top candidates for the Nobel Prize in Physics. In 2016, Zhang Shoucheng was once again infinitely close to the Nobel Prize in Physics. Solis, Haldan and Costlitz won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 for their theoretical discoveries in the field of topological phase transition and topological materials. Zhang Shousheng has made great contributions to this research direction. As one of the pioneers of the direction of topological insulators, Zhang Shousheng is regarded as the most important Nobel Prize in physics in the future. Candidates are needed.

A successful venture capitalist

Professor Zhang Shousheng has not only made excellent achievements in basic research field, but also made remarkable achievements in industrial application output. As of September last year, Zhang Shousheng had applied for 19 foreign patents, including 6 in the United States, 3 in Australia, 4 in Canada and 6 others. There are 10 applications for invention and 5 authorizations for invention.

In addition, Professor Zhang Shousheng has also made some achievements in venture capital. His angel-invested Stanford University startup, VMware, is the leader in cloud computing, with a market capitalization of $48 billion. In 2013, he founded Danhua Capital, focusing on investing in innovative companies at Stanford University and Silicon Valley, in industries such as artificial intelligence, big data/virtual reality, and genetic medicine.

Source: ShangGuan News Responsible Editor: Han Jiapeng_NN9841