Chien-Peng 'C.-P.' Yuan

Chien-Peng 'C.-P.' Yuan
  • Wu-Ki Tung Endowed Professorship in Particle Physics
  • Established through a gift from the Tung family
  • Physics and Astronomy


Chien-Peng 'C.-P.' Yuan, professor of physics, uses global analysis of experimental data to explore partons, fundamental particles in protons and neutrons. Yuan’s research has fundamentally deepened the understanding of Quantum Chromodynamics theory and enabled more precise predictions of parton distributions at high energy collider facilities throughout the world.
Yuan received his B.S. in physics from National Taiwan Normal University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. During his postdoctoral research, Yuan pioneered the theoretical study of single top quark and its interactions in the early 1990s, leading to the discovery of its existence by electroweak interaction at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 2006. He joined MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2004.
Yuan’s exceptional research in theoretical high energy physics has been recognized with several honors and accomplishments, including being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013, serving as president of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association (2009-2010) and being named an Honorary Professor of Xinjian University, China in 2015.