Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dr. Sein Tun dies at 71

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 11:34 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) - Dr. Sein Tun, 71, the retired head of the Physics Department at Rangoon University, died in Rangoon on Monday, January 24.

Sein Tun, who conducted research in nuclear physics, was recognised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and was an organizing force behind the construction of a research nuclear reactor at the university, according to one of his students who is a former secretary of the Physicists Association at the university.

He graduated from Saint Paul High School in 1958. He received a bachelor of science degree in physics with first-class honors in 1962. He received a master’s degree and a PhD degree from the University of Surrey in 1967 and 1973, respectively.

He was a member of the Institute of Physics (London) in 1968 and a fellow of the Institute of Physics (London) in 1982. He had been a chartered scientist on the Science Council (London) since 2004.

He published teaching material for advanced physics in English and Burmese. His last book, ‘Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell: Graduate Lectures on Physics’, was published by the Myanmar Academy of Arts and Science in 2010.

From 1994 to 2006, he taught university courses in physics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He also guided PhD candidates in the field of quantum cosmology, quantum electrodynamics and X-ray crystallography and led a team of professors in upgrading Grade 10 physics material and a teacher’s manual.

‘He was a rare person who valued education in Burma. Like his teacher, Saya Kha (Dr. Maung Maung Kha), and San Tha Aung, he was an outstanding scholar’, said his former student.

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