Before joining Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as the Director of Institut for Advanced Study and Chair Professor of Physics in 2011, Prof Henry Tye was the Horace White Professor of Physics at Cornell University. Prof Tye's research interest is in theoretical particle physics and cosmology. He studies the structure of matter at the sub-atomic level and the fundamental forces in nature. In cosmology, he studies the origin of our universe as well as the properties of today's universe. He applies superstring theory to link the smallest to the biggest. With the advance of modern science and technology, a number of predictions he made in cosmology may be tested via observation in the near future.
Prof Tye was born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated from California Institute of Technology in 1970 and received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. He did research at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory before moving to Cornell in 1978, where he stayed until last year. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
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