Other namesAlice Chang SpousePaul C. Yang RoleMathematician

NameSun-Yung Chang EthnicityChinese American

Born1948Xian, China Alma materB.S., National Taiwan University, 1970; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1974 OccupationMathematician, professor BooksNon-linear Elliptic Equations in Conformal Geometry EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (1974), National Taiwan University AwardsNoether Lecture, Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada EmployerUniversity of California, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Princeton University

Sun-Yung Alice Chang (born 1948) is a Chinese American mathematician specializing in aspects of mathematical analysis ranging from harmonic analysis and partial differential equations to differential geometry. She is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University.

Chang was born in Xian, China in 1948. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 from National Taiwan University, and her doctorate in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, Chang wrote her thesis on the study of bounded analytic functions. Chang became a full professor at UCLA in 1980, moving to Princeton in 1998.

Career and research

Chang’s research interests include the study of geometric types of nonlinear partial differential equations and problems in isospectral geometry. Working with her husband Paul Yang and others, she produced contributions to differential equations in relation to geometry and topology.

She teaches at Princeton University as of 1998. Before that, she held visiting positions at University of California-Berkeley; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.; and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. She will be serving at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology as visiting professor in 2015.

In 2004, she was interviewed by Yu Kiang Leong for Creative Minds, Charmed Lives: Interviews at Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, and she declared:

«In the mathematical community, we should leave room for people who want to do work in their own way. Mathematical research is not just a scientific approach; the nature of mathematics is sometimes close to that of art. Some people want individual character and an individual way of working things out. They should be appreciated too. There should be room for single research and collaborative research».

Service and honors

Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1979–1981

Invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berkeley, 1986

Vice president of the American Mathematical Society, 1989-1991

Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics of the American Mathematical Society, 1995

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1998

Plenary Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing, 2002

Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008

Honorary Degree, UPMC, 2013

Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, 2009

Fellow, Academia Sinica , 2012

Fellow, American Mathematical Society, 2015

Publications

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Yang, Paul C. Conformal deformation of metrics on S2. J. Differential Geom. 27 (1988), no. 2, 259–296.

Chang, Sun-Yung Alice; Yang, Paul C. Prescribing Gaussian curvature on S2. Acta Math. 159 (1987), no. 3-4, 215–259.

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Yang, Paul C. Extremal metrics of zeta function determinants on 4-manifolds. Ann. of Math. (2) 142 (1995), no. 1, 171–212.

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Gursky, Matthew J.; Yang, Paul C. The scalar curvature equation on 2- and 3-spheres. Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations 1 (1993), no. 2, 205–229.

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Gursky, Matthew J.; Yang, Paul C. An equation of Monge-Ampère type in conformal geometry, and four-manifolds of positive Ricci curvature. Ann. of Math. (2) 155 (2002), no. 3, 709–787.

Chang, S.-Y. A.; Wilson, J. M.; Wolff, T. H. Some weighted norm inequalities concerning the Schrödinger operators. Comment. Math. Helv. 60 (1985), no. 2, 217–246.

Carleson, Lennart; Chang, Sun-Yung A. On the existence of an extremal function for an inequality of J. Moser. Bull. Sci. Math. (2) 110 (1986), no. 2, 113–127.

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Fefferman, Robert Some recent developments in Fourier analysis and Hp-theory on product domains. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 12 (1985), no. 1, 1–43.

Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Fefferman, Robert A continuous version of duality of H1 with BMO on the bidisc. Ann. of Math. (2) 112 (1980), no. 1, 179–201.