N. Phuan Ong grew up in Penang, Malaysia. In 1967, he enrolled in Columbia College, NY, and earned his BA in 1971 majoring in physics. After obtaining his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976, Ong served on the faculty at the University of Southern California from 1976 to 1985. In 1985, Ong was appointed Professor of Physics at Princeton University. In 2003, he was promoted to Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics.
Ong’s research interests span the subfields of charge-density-wave materials, cuprate superconductivity, quantum magnetism and topological quantum matter. He has seminal achievements in sliding CDW conduction, Josephson plasma and phase fluctuations in cuprates, surface states in topological insulators, and chiral anomaly physics in Dirac semimetals. In 2006 Ong shared the H. Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for superconductivity. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the US National Academy of Sciences, and has supervised more than 25 PhD students.
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