Daniel Chonghan Hong

Daniel Chonghan Hong ( born March 3, 1956 in Seoul, † 6 July 2002) was a South Korean theoretical physicist.


Hong studied physics at Seoul National University. In 1979, he earned a bachelor's degree, in 1981 the master. Then he began a doctorate at Boston University in the U.S. state of Maine, which he in 1985 with the Ph.D. completed.

Then he accepted a postdoctoral research position at the University of California, Santa Barbara ( UCSB ), later a at Emory University. In 1988 he became an Assistant Professor at the Physics Faculty of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1994 he rose to associate professor in 2000 finally to full professorship.

His main field of research was the dynamics of granular media, he conducted research on granular flow, diffusion models, viscosity behavior and percolation.

In layman Prof. Hong was temporarily popular by a study of the physics of popcorn making. He was also active as a popular science writer, wrote on a wide range of topics ranging from physics and other natural sciences on philosophical issues to religion.

Hong was between 1995 and 2000 Editor of the newsletter AKPA and belonged to the publisher of the Community KASTN, the Korean American Science and Technology News.

Daniel Chonghan Hong died at the age of only 46 years of a heart attack, leaving behind his wife, son and daughter.