Tu-nan Chang

Tu-nan Chang

Title: Physics Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Southern California
Location: West Covina, California, United States

Tu-nan Chang, Retired Physics Professor at the University of Southern California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and higher education.

A celebrated figure in the field of physics, Dr. Chang has amassed nearly 40 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise, particularly in many-body atomic structure theory. A professor emeritus of the University of Southern California since 2012, he previously held the positions of full professor in the department of physics from 1975 to 2012 and chair of the department of physics and department of astronomy from 1997 to 2003. Prior to these appointments, he was a research associate at the University of Chicago from 1973 to 1975. In addition, he was the first-ever Asian American faculty elected to be the president of the Academic Senate at the University of Southern California from 1994 to 1996.

Alongside his vocational endeavors, Dr. Chang was the former director of the National Center for Theoretical Sciences in Hsinchu, Taiwan, from 2005 to 2006, president of the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers (OCPA) from 2001 to 2002, and president of the Chinese American Faculty Association (CAFA) of Southern California from 1996 to 1997. A contributor of articles to scientific journals, he also holds a Bachelor of Science from Tunghai University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside.

He was involved in the establishment of the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan and served for over ten years on its advisory committee starting from 1982. In addition, he participated and worked together with Professor Edward Yen of the Tsinghua University in Taiwan for the feasibility study of the synchrotron radiation research facility, which eventually led to the construction and establishment of the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is also the sponsor of the OCPA Robert T. Poe Prize of the AAA Award (Achievement in Asia Award) in memory of his late graduate advisor. Many of its recipients have moved on to become the Academicians in the Chinese Academic of Science in China and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to physics and higher education, he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Physical Society in Taiwan. In addition, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from OCPA, a Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Southern California for excellence in teaching, research and service, and an Achievement Award from CAFA. He has further been selected for inclusion into the 65th through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America.


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