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Moses Hung-Wai Chan



November 23, 1946 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Chan, Moses Hung-Wai



Moses Chan is a low temperature physicist and the Evan Pugh Professor of Physics at Pennsylvania State University. His research specialties include quantum fluids and solids at cryogenic temperatures.

Important Dates

November 23, 1946Birth, Xi'an Shi (China).

1967Obtained BA, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater (Va.).

1969Obtained MS, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1969 – 1970Assistant Lecturer, University of Hong Kong.

1973 – 1976Research Associate in Physics, Duke University.

1974Obtained PhD in Experimental Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1976 – 1979Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Toledo.

1979 – presentAssistant Professor to Professor (1979-1990); Distinguished Professor of Physics (1990-1994); and Evan Pugh Professor of Physics (1994-present), Pennsylvania State University, State College (Pa.).

1986 – 1987Visiting Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1996Awarded Fritz London Prize, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

2000Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2004Member, American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.


Low temperature physicist.



Xi'an Shi (China)

Undergraduate Education

Bridgewater (Va.)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)


State College (Pa.)


Low temperatures.

Quantum liquids.

Quantum solids.



Advisors & Collaborators

Reppy, John David

PhD advisor at Cornell University, "Superfluidity of thin He4 films."


Major Positions

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained MS in 1969 and PhD (Experimental Physics) in 1974. Visiting Professor.

Duke University. Department of Physics

Research Associate in Physics.

Pennsylvania State University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Professor; Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Evan Pugh Professor of Physics.

University of Hong Kong

Assistant Lecturer.

University of Toledo

Assistant Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences


American Physical Society

Bridgewater College

Obtained BA in 1967.

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Received 1996 Fritz London Prize.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America