The Chinese Academy of Sciences held a press conference on August 28 to announce the winners for the 2020 Tan Kah Kee Science Award and Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award. Guan Qi'an, Professor of the School of Mathematical Sciences of Peking University, was awarded the 2020 Tan Kah Kee Young Scientist Award.
Guan Qi’an is a recipient of the “Excellent Young Scientists Fund” (2015) and “National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars” (2018) of the National Natural Science Foundation of the People’s Republic of China. Guan has also won the “Science Research Famous Achievement Award in Higher Institution – Youth Science Award” (2017) of the Ministry of Education, and the “National Award for Youth in Science and Technology – Special Prize” (2019) of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology.
In cooperation with Professor Zhou Xiangyu, Guan solved the optimal L2 extension problem by proposing new ideas and methods, established the optimal L2 extension theorem, and discovered its unexpected connections with other open problems in different fields and solved them. Guan and Zhou proved the strong openness conjecture on multiplier ideal sheaves posed by Professor Demailly, which was thought to be “rather inaccessible”.