Chung-Liang Tang

Chung-Liang Tang

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Emeritus, Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering


Professor Tang was at the Technical University, in Aachen, Germany, as the John Parker Traveling Fellow from Harvard from 1959 to 1960. He was a research staff member, and later principal research scientist in the Research Division of the Raytheon Company from 1960-1964, and joined the Cornell faculty as an associate professor in 1964. He was promoted to full professor in 1968 and held a chaired professorship since 1985. He retired in 2006.

Tang’s primary quest had been to search for and study new optical materials and processes that could be applied to generating, modulating, and detecting electromagnetic radiation from the infrared to the ultraviolet. His primary tool was the laser, but he also developed electro-optic devices, new materials, and original processes to enable his research.

Tang was elected a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He served on the advisory board for the NTT Basic Research Laboratory in Japan, and received the Charles H. Townes Award from the Optical Society of America.

Selected Publications

  • Tang C. L.  2005.  "Fundamental of Quantum Mechanics for Solid State Electronics and Optics",  Cambridge University Press, UK.
  • Hilton, D.J., Chung-Liang Tang. 2002. "Optical orientation and femtosecond relaxation of spin-polarized holes in GaAs." Virtual Journal of Naoscale Science & Technology.
  • Hilton, D.J., Chung-Liang Tang. 2002. "Optical orientation and femtosecond relaxation of spin-polarized holes in GaAs." Physical review letters 89 (146601).
  • Tang, Chung-Liang. 2001. "Optical parametric processes in crystals." Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology Subsec. 6.8.4.
  • Burr, K.C., Chung-Liang Tang. 2000. "Femtosecond two-photon induced luminescence spectroscopic study of carrier thermalization and the lifetime of split-off holes in GaAs." Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics 9 (2): 127-150.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Advisory Board Member (NTT Basic Research Laboratory, Japan) 1998 - 1992
  • Charles H. Townes Award,  Optical Society of America,  1996
  • Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering 1986
  • Elected Fellow (Optical Society of America) 1986
  • Elected Fellow (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)) 1977
  • Elected Fellow (American Physical Society) 1975


  • B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Washington at Seattle, 1955
  • M.S. (Electrical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 1956
  • Ph.D. (Applied Physics), Harvard University, 1960