Head of the Department of Physics Appointed for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology



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Press Release

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology today announces the appointment of

Prof Nelson CUE ( ~$$~ $f ) as designated Head of the Department of Physics.

Prof Cue is presently Chairman of the Department of Physics at the State University of .’


New York (SUNY) at Albany. As Department Chairman, Prof Cue has helped introduce new

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. . . . degree programmes in Applied Physics and in Physics/Engineering and has assisted in

establishing the SUNY/Albany - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Joint Laboratory on Advanced

Materials, a collaborative venture between the two Universities.

Prof Cue received a BS in Physics from Feati University of Manila, Philippines and a

PhD from the University of Washington. He joined SUNY/Albany in 1970 after spending 2

years at SUNY/Stony Brook. He has also held visiting appointments with institutions all over

the world including ALS/Saclay, Argonne, Brookhaven, CERN/Geneva, INP/Lyon,

INST/Sichuan, LBUBerkeley and SLAG/Stanford. He was a Professeur Associi at Universite/

Lyon I in 1978-79 and again in 1987-88, as well as a UNDP/TOKTEN Consultant for China in

1986. He has been an Honorary Professor of Physics at Sichuan University since 1984.

Prof Cue is an experimental physicist. He has published over 70 scientific papers in

fields ranging from nuclear, atomic and molecular, to solid state physics and has given invited

talks at numerous conferences and workshops. His curient research interests include quantum

electrodynamic processes in strong external fields; the unconventional excitation of a nucleus

by capturing a target electron into an atomic orbit; ion implantation; and charge collection ion

microscopy. The last is a novel non-destructive technique he helped develop recently for

imaging electrical defects in semiconductors. He has co-directed a NATO summer school and co-

organized the 11 th International Conference on Atomic Collisions in Solids, a conference series in which he still serves as a member of the International Committee.



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Prof Cue views the establishment of HKUST as “a milestone for Hong Kong.” He regards his appointment as “an unique opportunity to contribute to a visionary enterprise” and his task

as “an exceptionally exciting challenge.” According to Prof Cue, his Department at HKUST will

place emphasis on condensed matter physics. “Of all the branches of physics, it is commonly

accepted that condensed matter has the greatest impact on our daily lives since it has been a

source of such extraordinary innovations as the transistor, superconducting magnets, solid-

state lasers and highly sensitive detectors of radiant energy.” He also plans to work closely with

other Departments to help advance the electronic, communication, information and other

industries in Hong Kong.

Born in Cavite, Philippines of Chinese


Prof Cue speaks Puh-Tung Hua and the

dialects of Guangzhou, Taisan and Xiamen, as well as a little Tagalog and French. He is married to Lilly Mei and they have two children. Prof Cue is active in Chinese-American affairs in the United States and is a founding member of the Chinese American Alliance of the Capital District of New York. In his leisure time, he plays racquetball and a little squash. He plans to take up sailing after he moves to Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology .

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T* 1 26 October 1989