Tony F. Chan
|Prof Tony F Chan|
|3rd President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology|
1 September 2009
|Preceded by||Paul Chu|
|Alma mater||Salesian English School
California Institute of Technology (BSc & MSc)
Stanford University (PhD)
|Awards||IEEE Fellow (2016)|
He succeeded Chu Ching-wu who retired from HKUST in August 2009. Before joining Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, he was the Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the US National Science Foundation from 2006 to 2009. He pursued postdoctoral research at Caltech as Research Fellow, and taught Computer Science at Yale University before joining UCLA as Professor of Mathematics in 1986.
He was appointed Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and served as Dean of Physical Sciences from 2001 to 2006. He was one of the principal investigators who made the successful proposal to the NSF to form the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, an NSF-funded institute at UCLA. He served as its Director from 2000-2001. He has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Mathematics by the ISI Web of Knowledge, Thomson Scientific Company. He also sits on the selection committee for the Mathematics award, given under the auspices of the Shaw Prize.
He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals in mathematics and computing, including SIAM Review, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, the Asian Journal of Mathematics, and is one of the three Editors-in-Chief of Numerische Mathematik. He co-wrote the proposal to start a new SIAM Journal of Imaging Sciences and serves on its inaugural editorial board till 2012.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Vienna, International Advisory Board of Academic Ranking of World Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Board of Trustees of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, RIKEN Advisory Council of Japan, and the United States Committee of 100. He is also a Founding Member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Science, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences and a member of the Advisory Committee on Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Government.He was a member of the Selection Committee for the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences in 2012 and 2013. He is the Chair of Nevanlinna Prize Committee for the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018 (ICM 2018) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.
Born in Hong Kong, Chan completed his secondary education at Salesian English School and Queen's College in Hong Kong. Chan received his B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in Aeronautics (both with Honors) from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1978.
Honors and awards
- IEEE Fellow 2016
- for contributions to computational models and algorithms for image processing