Prize Recipient

hoTin-Lun Ho
Ohio State University


"For his contributions to quantum liquids and dilute quantum gases, both multi-component and rapidly rotating, and for his leadership in unifying condensed matter and atomic physics research in this area."


Tin-Lun Ho graduated from Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1972. He attended the University of Minnesota in 1972-73. He transferred to Cornell University in 1973 and received a Ph.D in 1977 under the supervision of N.D. Mermin. He was a postdoc with C.J. Pethick at University of Illinois and NORDITA from 1978-80, and a postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara from 1980-82. He became an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University in 1983, an Associate Professor in 1989, a full Professor in 1996, and a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in 2002. He was elected an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow in 1984, a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 1999, and a Fellow the American Physical Society in 2000. He has contributed to a variety of areas in condensed matter physics, including quantum liquid, quasicrystals, and quantum Hall effect. His early work on superfluid He-3 is among the earliest applications of topological ideas in condensed matter. In the last decade, he has been working on a wide range of problems in dilute quantum gases, and fostering communications between condensed matter physics and atomic physics communities. He is also known as Jason Ho among his friends.

Selection Committee:

Christopher Gould (Chair), G. Eyink, A.B. Harris, P. Goldbart, A.L. Barabasi