Prof. Kwok, Sun

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Prof. Kwok, Sun

Chair Professor

Chair Professor of Space Science and Director of Laboratory for Space Research

Prof. Kwok uses space-based infrared telescopes to study the synthesis of complex organics in space, in particular in the circumstellar envelopes of evolved stars.  Prof. Kwok is the President of International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission F3 Astrobiology, and the past President of IAU Commission 34 Interstellar Matter.  He previously served as Dean of Science of the University of Hong Kong and Director and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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CCST 9012 (common core)    Our Place in the Universe
SCNC 3111                             Frontier of Science Honours Seminar
SCNC 2121/2122                    Experiential learning course in British Columbia, Canada

Selected Publications

  1. Kwok, S. 2016 Complex organics in space: from Solar System to distant galaxies, A&A Rev., 24, 1-27 
  2. Kwok, S., Zhang, Y. 2013 Unidentified Infrared Emission bands: PAHs or MAONs?  Astrophys. J., 771, 5 
  3. Kwok, S. 2011  Delivery of complex organic compounds from evolved stars to the solar system, Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, , 41 (6), 497-502  
  4. Kwok, S. and Zhang, Y. 2011 Mixed aromatic/aliphatic organic nanoparticles as carriers of unidentified infrared emission features, Nature, 479, 80-83
  5. Kwok, S.  2004  The Synthesis of Organic and Inorganic Compounds in Evolved Stars, Nature, 430, 985