2017 CIE/USA-SF

Silicon Valley Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

 

Shoucheng Zhang

Prof. Shoucheng Zhang (张首晟)

Professor, Stanford University & Founding Chairman of Danhua Capital

Prof. Shoucheng Zhang joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993, and is now the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics. He also holds joint appointment in the department of applied physics and electrical engineering. He is a member of the US National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He discovered a new state of matter called topological insulator in which electrons can conduct along the edge without dissipation, enabling a new generation of electronic devices with much lower power consumption. For this ground breaking work he received numerous international awards, including the Buckley Prize, the Dirac Medal and Prize, the Europhysics Prize, the Physics Frontiers Prize and the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the most prestigious science prizes in the world, whose previous laureates include Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison and Alexander Bell.

Prof. Zhang is the founding chairman of Danhua Capital. He has made numerous angel investments into Stanford based startups including VMWare. He founded Danhua Capital in 2013 to focus investments in startups from Stanford and Silicon Valley. Danhua’s LPs include Baidu, Alibaba, Ctrip, Lenovo and Sina, which are leading internet companies from China. Danhua’s investments focus on mobile internet, big data, AR/VR, genomics and precision medicine, sharing economy and robotics.

张首晟,斯坦福大学物理系讲座教授,美国国家科学院院士, 美国艺术与科学学院院士, 中国科学院外籍院士。1983年获德国柏林自由大学学士学位,1987年获纽约州立大学石溪分校博士学位,1987-1989年任美国Santa Barbara理论物理研究所博士后研究员,1989-1993年任IBM阿尔玛登研究中心高级研究员,1993年受聘于斯坦福大学物理系。主要研究领域凝聚态物理,其中重点是拓扑绝缘体,在高温超导、量子霍尔效应、自旋电子学、强关联电子系统等研究方向上取得了大量国际一流的原始创新成果。因其对量子自旋霍尔效应和拓扑绝缘体的开创性研究,2010年获欧洲物理奖 (Europhysics Prize),2012年获美国物理学会Oliver Buckley奖, 2012年荣获联合国教科文组织下属的国际理论物理学中心狄拉克奖 (Dirac Medal and Prize), 2013年获物理前沿奖(Physics Frontier Prize), 与著名物理学家霍金一起登台领奖. 2014年荣获富兰克林奖 (Benjamin Franklin Medal). 该奖历届得主有科学巨人爱因斯坦,居里夫人(Madame Curie),霍金(Stephen Hawking),杨振宁,与116位诺奖得主, 还有发明大师爱迪生(Thomas Edison, 电灯发明者), 特斯拉(Nikola Tesla, 交流电网发明者),贝尔 (Alexander Bell, 电话发明者) 与莱特(Orville Wright, 飞机发明者).

张首晟教授天使投资的斯坦福大学初创公司VMWare是云计算产业的领军公司,曾市值高达480亿美元. 多年来, 张首晟教授努力推进中美两国的科技交流. 2013年他创办了丹华资本, 重点投资源于斯坦福大学与硅谷的创新公司, 投资方向包括人工智能,大数据,增强/虚拟现实,基因医疗等行业.

 

 

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