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Enge Wang, a physicist and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was appointed president of Peking University (PKU) on March 22, 2013. He is the 17th president of the university since 1912, when it changed its name.
Wang was executive vice president of PKU in 2012 and a visiting scholar for the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University in 2009.
A native of Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Wang graduated in theoretical physics from Liaoning University in 1982 and obtained his PhD in condensed matter physics from PKU in 1990.
A seasoned scientist with global research experience, Wang worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at Princeton University, L'Institut d'Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie and the University of Houston.
He was director of the CAS Institute of Physics from 1999 to 2007, director of the Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics from 2004 to 2009, executive vice president of the CAS Graduate University and deputy secretary-general of CAS from 2008 to 2009.
Wang returned to PKU in 2009, and served as dean of the School of Physics and of the Graduate School until 2011, when he was appointed provost and vice president for teaching and research.
Wang was elected a member of CAS in 2007, the top honor for a Chinese scientist. He has been a member of the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (then named Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) since 2008 and a fellow of the American Physical Society since 2006.
A researcher on surface physics, Wang's approach is a combination of atomistic simulation of nonequilibrium growth and chemical vapor deposition of light-element nanomaterials. His research primarily involves formation and decay mechanisms of surface-based novel structures.
Wang has published over 260 papers on peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature, PRL, and JACS, delivered over 70 keynote/plenary/invited talks, and holds five patents. His publications have been cited over 5,000 times with h-index of 36.
March 22, 2013
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