Sow Chorng Haur

Was a member of the Academy from 2009 - 2018

"To fuel students’ enthusiasm in the discovery of scientific truths and to nurture students’ creative and innovative spirit in tackling fascinating problems".


Sow Chorng Haur received a B.Sc. Degree (1st Class) in Physics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991. 
After spending two more years in NUS for research, he received a M.Sc. degree in Physics. He then went on to The University of Chicago and completed his PhD degree in 1998. During the period in 1999-2000, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratory, Lucent Technologies. He returned and joined the Department of Physics, NUS in 2001. He is now a Professor with the Department of Physics. He has authored and co-authored many papers in the field of nanoscience and nanomaterials.

Teaching Strengths

  • Infectious passion and enthusiasm
  • Ability to relate abstract physics concept to simple everyday phenomenon by bringing the “Mobile Physics Laboratory” to 
    lecture theatres
  • Effective use of engaging and interactive demonstration materials, animations, video clips and IT to help students in 
    understanding difficult-to-visualise concepts
  • Creative design and construction of demonstration tools to enhance students’ understanding of the topics discussed
  • Cultivation of free-spirited environment for students to venture into exciting paths of scientific discovery

Teaching Awards / Accolades

  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award AY2002/2003, AY2003/2004, AY2004/2005, Honor Roll 2007
  • University Annual Teaching Excellence Award AY2002/2003, AY2003/2004, AY2004/2005, AY2005/2006, Honor Roll 2008
  • University Award: Outstanding Educator Award 2008
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