International Biological Physics Conference Honors Professor Wokyung Sung’s Retirement After 28 Years at POSTECH
Professor Sung has contributed widely to the physical understanding of basic biological processes that emerge at the
As the first chairman of the physics department, as early as 1986-89, Professor Sung played a pivotal role in establishing and developing the department, while serving in founding the university. He also played a major role in attracting the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) to POSTECH, for which he later served as a Science Council Member as well as a Special Advisor.
“Inspired by the vision of our late, the first president of POSTECH, Dr. Kim Ho Gil, I returned to Korea from the USA in 1986, and joined in founding this new university,” said Professor Sung in his retirement speech. “In a short period of time, despite many difficulties…POSTECH has grown to become an internationally renowned university. And I am truly happy to have been a part of founding such university and physics department.”
An emeritus professorship was awarded to him at the retirement ceremony and conference banquet. He used the occasion to donate a scholarship fund of 50 million KRW (~$50,000 USD) for undergraduate students who make the most outstanding academic improvements in the field of physics.
Professor Sung received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. in physics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He will continue work as a research professor at the physics department as well as a distinguished research fellow at the IBS Center for Self-assembly and Complexity located at POSTECH.