Dr. Tran Thanh Van (was born in 1936, Dong Ho, Quang Binh province) is one of the three Asian people is awarded Tate Medal of The American Physical Society, an award for non-US citizen, for his more than 4 decades of connecting physicists all over the world through The Moriond, The Blois and Vietnamese meetings (The 14th meeting was in Binh Dinh province). He also persistently devotes his life to the development of Vietnamese modern sciences.
Dr. Tran Thanh Van studied High School in Hue, Vietnam; got his Bachelor in Sorbonne University, Paris, France in 1957 and his PhD in Physics in Paris, France in 1963. His excellent dissertation proved that proton is not the last smallest in nature; quark is smaller.
Recognized by the scientific community as the “Master of Atomic Physics”, Dr. Tran Thanh Van had over 300 essays and 115 books on physics named after him. He was a professor of Paris University, was a senior researcher of the French National Research Center.
He was awarded the Medal of the Legion by the French Government and an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Russian Federal Academy of Sciences.