Physicist Ding Wins Prized Fellowship

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Asst. Prof. Hong Ding (Physics) has been recognized as one of the nation's most promising young scientists by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has awarded him one of its prestigious research fellowships. Ding is the first BC physicist to win the honor.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Ding, who joined the Boston College faculty last fall. "It's recognition for my past experience, but also a recognition of the future of the Boston College Physics Department and the direction in which it is going."

Ding said he intends to use the two-year, $35,000 fellowship for his research in photo-emission spectroscopy, which involves using light to study the physical properties of high-temperature superconductors.

Research into superconductors has potential applications in communications, super-fast computers and high-speed rail travel.

The Sloan Foundation annually awards 100 fellowships to young physicists, chemists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, economists and computer scientists.

Physics Chairman Prof. Kevin Bedell said Ding is one of several sought-after young physicists who have come to BC in recent years, attracted by the promise of a renovated Higgins Hall and what Bedell called "a spirit in the department that we're building a center here in novel electronic materials.

Asst. Prof. Hong Ding (Physics).

"It's a sign of our renewal and up-and-coming stature that we've been able to attract young faculty members of such talent," he said.

Ding earned a doctorate in physics in 1995 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow, and an undergraduate degree in physics in 1990 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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