Dr Pham Quang Hung was born in Gia Vien, Ninh Binh, Vietnam in 1950. He grew up in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and went to school at the Lycee Jean Jacques Rousseau. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and his Ph. D. in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has done postdoctoral works in the Theory groups of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Batavia, Illinois, and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California. He is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also Honorary Professor of Hue University.
Dr Hung does research in Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology. He is investigating the basic fundamental laws of nature, the mysteries of neutrinos, dark matter and dark energy. Part of the research is based on the scientific activities of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) based at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research), Geneva, Switzerland.
He is the coordinator (Dieu Phoi Vien) since 2006 of the Advanced Physics program (Vat Ly Tien Tien) of Hue University of Education (Dai Hoc Su Pham Hue) based on the Physics curriculum of the University of Virginia, with Physics and Mathematics courses mainly taught by Professors recruited by Dr Hung from the US (also from Europe and Taiwan). 161 students have graduated as of July, 2018 with several students having obtained or are obtaining their Ph. D.’s from universities in the US, France, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, etc…
He has participated in the organization of conferences and summer schools in High Energy Physics and Cosmology in Vietnam, several of which were parts of the Rencontres du Vietnam founded by Dr Tran Thanh Van. For his scientific activities, he was awarded the Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology by the Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam on August 9, 2013.