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      Institute of Mathematics in Chinese Academy of Sciences was inaugurated on July 1, 1952. Well known Chinese mathematician Loo-keng Hua was the founding director and his term was up to 1982. Academician Qiken Lu was the deputy director in charge of institute’s daily affairs from 1979-1982. The third director was Academician Yuan Wang from 1983 to 1986. Academician Lo Yang became the fourth director in 1987 and finished his term in 1994. Prof. Ruiling Long served as the director in 1995-1996 and Prof. Bingren Li was the acting director in 1997-1998. In 1999-2002, Prof. Yuefei Wang was the director. In 2003-2012, Prof. Xiangyu Zhou was the director. Prof. Zaijiu Shang has been the director since 2013.  

      From the beginning, the institute has kept the strategy of developing pure and applied mathematics together. It successively split into several independent research institutions later on according to the nation’s needs for the development of economy and sciences. Moreover, the institute itself has readjusted research goals several times. Since the nation’s opening-up policy started in 1978, the institute mainly focuses on pure mathematics research, and also develops closely related fields in applied mathematics, computational mathematics and computer science. In more than fifty years, the institute has made fundamental contributions in the nation’s mathematical research and education. For instance, Prof. Loo-gen Hua received the nation’s first-class scientific award in 1956 for his fundamental contribution in complex analysis of several variables over classical domains; Prof. Wenjun Wu also won the nation’s first-class scientific award in 1956 for his works on characteristic classes and embedding classes in topology; Profs Jingrun Chen and Yuan Wan (jointed with Chengdong Pan) received the nation’s first-class scientific award in 1982 for their works on the Goldbach conjecture in number theory. A number of institute’s former students now become worldwide known mathematicians. There are more than fifty Chinese academicians who had worked or studied in the institute.

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