N. Phuan Ong, Ph.D.

Title: Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics
Company: Princeton University
Location: Belle Mead, New Jersey, United States

Phuan Ong, Ph.D., Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and higher education.

Interested in the sciences from his formative years, Dr. Ong was fascinated with airplanes and wondered how airplanes flew in the air. Laying the foundation for his later career in physics education, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequent to obtaining his doctorate, he served the University of Southern California as an assistant professor from 1976 to 1982, later advancing to associate professor until 1984. Relocating to the East Coast, he fulfilled a position at Princeton University as a professor for 18 fruitful years until becoming the Eugene Higgins professor of physics, a role he has held since 2003. During this time, he also served as the director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials from 2008 to 2015.

Dr. Ong is renowned for co-discovering charge density wave conduction in metals, and he holds a patent in superconductivity. A contributor of myriad articles in peer-reviewed journals, he also served as a member of the board of review editors for Science Magazine from 2012 to 2014. Likewise, he maintained affiliation with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

As a testament to his significant success, Dr. Ong received the Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for Superconductivity Experiments in 2006 and the Investigator Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2014. He is additionally a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Physical Society. He is listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East.

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