Department of Physics

Kwong-Tin (K.T.)  Tang

Kwong-Tin (K.T.) Tang

Professor Emeritus of Physics

(253) 535-7539 (office)



interatomic interactions

atomic and molecular collisions

Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Study in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University

Ph.D. in Physics, Columbia University, Dissertation: "Elastic and Reactive Scattering in the (H, H2) System"

M.A. in Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle, Thesis: "Random Walk and Diffusion Processes"

B.S. in Engineering Physics, University of Washington, Seattle


K.T. Tang (Kwong-Tin Tang) received his B.S. in Engineering Physics and M.A. in Mathematics from University of Washington and his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University. He did postdoctoral studies in Chemistry at Berkeley and Harvard. He worked as an engineer at Collins Radio Company and Boeing Company.

Dr. Tang regards teaching as his calling, although his research accomplishments are also considerable. His research interests are in interatomic interactions, atomic and molecular collisions, and solid state physics. He authored/coauthored over 130 papers in professional journals and a monograph "Asymptotic Methods in Quantum Mechanics" and a set of three volumes "Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientiests."  He lectured widely in Asia, Europe, and North America. He had been a long-term visiting scientist at Max-Planck-Institut in Gottingen.

He is a recipient of a Distinguished U.S. Senior Scientist Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Faculty Excellence Award from Pacific Lutheran University where he is Professor of Physics. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Mathematical Association of America.