Prof Wing-Hung WONG
Elected as ASHK Founding Member in 2015
BA (Berkeley); Ph.D (Madison); Member of NAS and Academia Sinica; Founding Member of The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences
Stephen R. Pierce Family Goldman Sachs Professor in Science & Human Health
Prof Wing Hung Wong serves on the faculty of Stanford University where he is currently Professor of Statistics, Professor of Biomedical Data Science, and holder of the Stephen R. Pierce Family Goldman Sachs Professorship in Science & Human Health. After completing primary and secondary school in Hong Kong, he went on to study in the United States and obtained his BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He held teaching positions at the University of Chicago (1980-1994), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1994-1997), The University of California at Los Angeles (1997-2000) and Harvard University (2000-2004), before joining Stanford University in 2004. He chaired the Stanford Department of Statistics from 2009 to 2012.
His research contributions include 1) mathematical statistics, where he clarified the large sample properties of sieve maximum likelihood estimates in general spaces; 2) Bayesian statistics, where he introduced sampling-based algorithms into Bayesian computational inference; and 3) computational biology, where he developed basic models and methods for the analysis of microarrays gene expression data and RNA sequencing data. Technologies from his group had led to the formation of several companies in the space of genomic data management and predictive medicine.
Prof Wong was the winner of the COPSS Presidents’ Award in 1993. He was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and the Academia Sinica in 2010.