P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Tony Pan, 2010

Co-Founder and CEO, Modern Hydrogen

Tony Pan is an immigrant from Taiwan

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

TONY PAN is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Hydrogen, based in Seattle.  

Modern Hydrogen is a cleantech company that provides clean hydrogen on-site, by converting natural gas into hydrogen without CO2 emissions. They serve energy utilities and industrial companies who are looking to reduce emissions quickly. Modern also sells and sequesters carbon as clean materials to decarbonize the built environment. They've raised $100M from strategics like NextEra, National Grid, Miura, as well as venture investors like At One Ventures and Bill Gates.

Tony is a co-inventor on 250+ patents pending in deep tech, spanning energy & climate, nanotechnology, and biomedical devices.

His past experiences include pro bono consulting on global health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and for the Global Good Fund. He is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he served as a member of the Global Future Councils on Entrepreneurship & on Energy of the World Economic Forum. 

Recognitions include being named to the Forbes 30 under 30, MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35, Business Journal 40 under 40.

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.

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 Physics | Harvard University 2013
  • BS Physics | Stanford University 2008
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree
Work History
  • Modern Hydrogen, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Goldman Sachs, Strategist
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