On April 22 Stony Brook honored Professor Emeritus and its first Nobel Laureate physicist C.N. Yang at the 11th Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala. Nearly 600 guests attended the fundraiser at Chelsea Piers in New York City, helping raise $2.2 million for student scholarships.
C.N. Yang is an Albert Einstein Professor and the first director of Stony Brook’s Institute for Theoretical Physics, a research center that encompasses the full range of theoretical physics, including elementary particles, string theory, statistical mechanics, and quantum information. He retired from Stony Brook in 1999 and is now a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Tsinghua University in Bejing.
“Dr. Yang brought our young campus to the world stage and helped shape our University into a great public research institution,” said Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
The Gala featured remarks from SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, President Stanley, and Stony Brook Board members Richard Gelfond and Jim Simons. Co-chairs of the event were Samuel Aronson, Dunsen K. Cheng, Richard L. Gelfond, Leo A. Guthart, Richard T. Nasti, James H. Simons, Cary F. Staller, Erin P. Staller, and Jerome Swartz.
“Stony Brook has more students with family incomes of less than $20,000 a year than any other SUNY university and most other AAU peer institutions. We believe supporting talented students who will influence our collective future is integral to our mission as a public university,” said IMAX Corporation CEO and Stony Brook Foundation Board Chairman Richard L. Gelfond, ’76.
Since the establishment of the Stars of Stony Brook Gala in 2000, the Stony Brook Foundation has netted more than $17 million to fund scholarships for undergraduate students and other university initiatives.