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Tong Yang received his PhD degree in 1993 from the University of California, Davis. After one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he joined the City University of Hong Kong in 1994 and was promoted to Chair professor of Mathematics in 2007. He is Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of American Mathematical Society.
The awards and honours that he has received include the inaugural Hong Kong Research Grants Council – Senior Research Fellowship in 2020, Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award (Science and Technology, First Prize) by Ministry of Education Higher Education of China in 2019, the State Natural Science Award (2nd class) of China in 2012, the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2011, the Changjiang Chair Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China in 2005, National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2004 and the Morningside Silver Medal of Mathematics in the first ICCM in 1998.
He works in partial differential equations and kinetic theories. He has made contributions to hyperbolic conservation laws by introducing the Liu-Yang functional with Professor Tai-Ping Liu, fluid dynamic phenomena in kinetic models, boundary layer theories and high Reynolds number limit. He served as one of the editors-in-chief of Analysis and Applications (2013-17), and is one of the founding editors-in-chief of Kinetic and Related Models in 2008, and sits in the editorial advisory board of London Mathematical Society: Bulletin, Journal and Transactions; editorial board of SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He was the President of Hong Kong Mathematical Society 2016-2020.