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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Tony Pan, 2010

Co-founder and CEO, Modern Electron

Tony Pan is an immigrant from Taiwan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics at Harvard University

TONY PAN is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, in Bellevue WA, where he is leading the development of a new technology in order to make electricity cheaper and far more universally available.

Tony is an inventor of 150+ patents pending, spanning fields such as energy, nanotechnology, electronics, and biomedical devices. In 2015, Tony was named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Science.

Tony is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, and Member of the World Future Council on Energy. He also served as a pro bono external consultant to the Global Health and Global Development programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the past, Tony worked as a strategist at Goldman Sachs, helping navigate the mortgage meltdown during the financial crisis.

Tony's Ph.D. is from Harvard, where he held three national fellowships from the Hertz, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships, and National Science Foundations. There he explored the cosmic dawn, the “Let there be light" moment in the nascent universe, when the very first stars lived and died in spectacular explosions.  His alma mater is Stanford. 

Tony grew up in Taiwan, Scotland, and Korea. It wasn't until he was a high school senior that his family's green card application was finally approved and Tony was able to accept an offer of admission and financial aid from Stanford University. He immigrated to the USA and never looked back.

  • PhD Theoretical Astrophysics | Harvard University 2013
  • BS Physics | Stanford University 2008
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree
Work History
  • Modern Electron, Co-founder and CEO
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