KWON SOOK-IL

President of the National Academy of Sciences, Korea

kwon-sook-IlDr. Sook-Il Kwon received his PhD in Physics at The University of Utah in 1965 under the supervision of Professor Henry Eyring. He later became Dean of Research Affairs at Seoul National University in 1989, and was a researcher at top-tier universities in South Korea. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Physics at Seoul National University as well as a Chair Professor of Physics at Myongji University in Korea.

During his career he engaged in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. He used electrical, thermal, and optical measurements to study the physical properties of ferroelectric materials. He specifically worked on phase transition problems, commensurate-incommensurate phase transitions, dipole glasses of ferroelectric-anti-ferroelectric mixed crystals, and multiferroics. He published more than 150 papers in academic journals including Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Applied Physical Letters, Review of Scientific Instruments, Solid State Communications, and Ferroelectrics.

From 1995-1997 Dr. Kwon served as President of the Korean Physical Society. He was elected to the Membership of the Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Dr. Kwon has received many honors and awards over his illustrious career: in 1988 he received the Best Paper Award from the Korean Physical Society and in 2000 he received the Excellent Achievement Award from the President of Korea.

Additional awards Dr. Kwon received include the Blue Stripes Order of Service Merit from the President of Korea (2003), and Contribution Awards from the Korean Physical Society and the Korean Academy of Science (2003 and 2008). Most recently, he was selected as the President of the National Academy of Sciences in South Korea.