Kwong-Tin (K.T.) Tang

Professor Emeritus of Physics

KT Tang - Professor Emeritus of Physics


  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Postdoctoral Study, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley & Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Physics - Dissertation: "Elastic and Reactive Scattering in the (H, H2) System", Columbia University, 1965
  • M.A., Mathematics - Thesis: "Random Walk and Diffusion Processes", University of Washington, Seattle, 1959
  • B.S., Engineering Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, 1958

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Interatomic Interactions
  • Atomic and Molecular Collisions

Selected Publications


  • Asymptotic Methods in Quantum Mechanics: Application to Atoms, Molecules and Nuclei (Springer 2000) : View Book
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists 1 Complex Analysis, Determinants and Matrices (Springer 2006) : View Book
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists 2 Vector Analysis, Ordinary Differential Equations and Laplace Transforms (Springer 2007) : View Book
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3 Fourier Analysis, Partial Differential Equations and Variational Methods (Springer 2007) : View Book

Selected Articles

  • K.T. Tang. "Approximate Treatments of Reactive Scattering: The T Matrix Approach in Theory of Chemical Reaction Dynamics." CRC Press Vol. II, 1985: 125.


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 Scientists.”  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.