Donhee Ham

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Donhee Ham
Born (1974-01-08) January 8, 1974 (age 42)
Residence Massachusetts
Nationality South Korea
Fields Applied Physics
Electrical Engineering
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Caltech
Seoul National University

Donhee Ham (Hangul: 함돈희; Hanja: 咸燉憙; born January 8, 1974) is a Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University.

Biography and Work[edit]

Ham spent formative years in Busan, South Korea. He received his B.S. in physics from Seoul National University in 1996 and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Caltech in 2002, where his dissertation work on the statistical physics of electrical circuits earned him the Charles Wilts Prize.[1]

He joined the faculty of Harvard University in 2002 as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 2006, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences in 2007, and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering in 2009.

Ham's current research is on: scalable NMR spectroscopy for biotechnology, structural biology, and drug discovery;[2] low-dimensional nanoscale materials and quantum materials;[3][4] nano-bio interface for neurotechnology and molecular diagnostics;[5][6][7] complex systems; and RF/microwave, analog, & mixed-signal integrated circuits.[8][9]

Ham's awards[10] include the recognition by MIT Technology Review as among the world's top 35 young innovators under the age 35 (TR35) in 2008.[11] He is a 4-time Harvard Yearbook Favorite Professor (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), and was one of the 8 Harvard Thinks Big speakers in 2012 (8 Harvard faculty chosen by college-wide votes).[12]


  1. ^ "Caltech Charles Wilts Prize". 
  2. ^ "Scalable NMR spectroscopy with semiconductor chips". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. August 2014. doi:10.1073/pnas.1402015111. 
  3. ^ "Measurement of collective dynamical mass of Dirac fermions in graphene". Nature Nanotechnology. 9: 594–599. August 2014. doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.112. 
  4. ^ "A Newtonian approach to extraordinarily strong negative refraction". Nature. 488 (7409): 65–69. August 2012. doi:10.1038/nature11297. 
  5. ^ "Chip-NMR biosensor for detection and molecular analysis of cells". Nature Medicine. 14 (8): 869–874. July 2008. doi:10.1038/nm.1711. PMC 2729055free to read. PMID 18607350. 
  6. ^ "Electrophoretic and field-effect graphene for all-electrical DNA array technology". Nature Communications. September 2014. doi:10.1038/ncomms5866. 
  7. ^ "Neurobiology: rethinking the electrode". Nature Methods. 11: 1099–1103. October 2014. doi:10.1038/nmeth.3149. 
  8. ^ "High-speed integrated nanowire circuits". Nature. 434 (7037): 1085. April 2005. doi:10.1038/4341085a. 
  9. ^ "Electrical solitons come of age". Nature. 440 (7080): 36–37. March 2006. doi:10.1038/440036a. 
  10. ^ "Donhee Ham Biography at Harvard University". 
  11. ^ "MIT 2008 TR35". 
  12. ^ "Harvard Political Review - Harvard Thinks Big 2012". 

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