SATYA N ATLURI MEDAL
Title: Science and Technology of Korea: Past, Present and Future
by Professor Se-Jung Oh
President of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
Office of President, 463-1 Jeonmin-Dong, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon, 305-811, Korea
Born on February 17, 1953 in Seoul, Korea
Male, Married, One daughter
Nationality: Republic of Korea.
B.S. 1975 Physics, Seoul National University in Korea (graduated with Summa Cum
Ph.D. 1982 Physics, Stanford University in U.S.A.
2011.11.25- Present : President, Institute for Basic Science
2011. 1 - 2011.11.24 : President, National Research Foundation of Korea
1994.10 - Present : Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University
2011. 4 - Present : Member, International Science Business Belt Committee
2011. 4 - 2013.2 : Member, National Science and Technology Commission of Korea
2000.11 -Present : Member, The Korean Academy of Science and Technology
2008.10 - 2009.10 : Member, The Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science and
Technology, Republic of Korea
1999. 7 - 2008. 2 : Director, Center for Strongly Correlated Materials Research, Seoul National
2008. 5 - 2009. 5 : Chairman, The Steering Committee for the WCU project, Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Korea.
2004.12 - 2008.10 : Dean of College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University
2004. 6 - 2006.9 : Member, The Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology,
Republic of Korea.
2004. 6 - 2005. 8 : Chairman, Planning Committee for the post-BK21 project, Ministry of
1999. 6 - 2001. 6 : Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology,
Republic of Korea.
1997. 8 - 1999. 6 : Director, Beamline Division, Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, Pohang
University of Science and Technology.
1995. 8 - 1997. 8 : Associate Dean for Research and Planning, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul
1992. 9 - 1996.12 : Member of Korea-Japan Exchange Program Review Committee, Korea Science
and Engineering Foundation.
1994. 3 - 1994. 7 : Visiting Professor, Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP), The University of
1990. 1 - 1990. 6 : Visiting Scholar, Department of Physics, University of Michigan, USA.
1989. 5 - 1994. 5 : Member of the Presidential Commission for the 21st Century.
1988. 10 - 1994. 9 : Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Seoul National Univ.
1987.10 - 1995.10 : Associate Member of International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
1984. 3 - 1988. 9 : Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Seoul National Univ.
1981.12 - 1984. 2 : Visiting Scientist, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
1998. 2 : Korean Science Award (Physics)
1994. 4 : Outstanding Research Paper Award
(1) The study of electronic structures of solids using electron
spectroscopic techniques such as photoemission and inverse photoemission.
(2) Electron-electron correlation effects in narrow band materials.
(3) Magnetism and mixed valence in transition-metal and rare-earth compounds.
(4) Surface and interface properties of metals and semiconductors.
Published 170 papers in international Journals.
(1) Member, American Physical Society.
(2) Member, Fellow, Korean Physical Society.
(3) Member, Fellow, and Executive Board Member, Korean Vacuum Society.
(4) Member and Executive Board Member, The Korean Synchrotron Radiation Users Association.
Korea has so far achieved a rapid economic growth mainly thanks to its "fast-follower" strategy for industrial technology, but the environmental changes of knowledge-based society now requires Korea to become a "first-mover" and enhance the quality of its R&D. To become a "first-mover" in the knowledge-based society, it is clear that Korea must enhance and strengthen its basic science research capabilities. To this end, the Korean government has adopted various policies to support basic science research. One of them is the International Science and Business Belt (ISBB) Project and the establishment of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS). This presentation will provide a brief overview of the ISBB project initiated to create new knowledge and growth engine through promotion of basic science. And then the vision of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) established as the core institute of the ISBB to foster world-class research in basic sciences will be described.
This presentation will also address other major R&D issues facing South Korea such as the socio-economic changes and intellectual property issues accompanied by the advent of the knowledge-based society.