Sun Kwok, who was born in 1949 in Hong Kong, graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor of science in 1970 before enrolling in the University of Minnesota. In 1972 and 1974, Kwok received a master of science and a doctorate in physics from the University, respectively. Kwok taught as a professor at the University of Calgary from 1983 to 2005. Since 2006, he has been serving as the Dean of Science and the Chair Professor of Physics at the University of Hong Kong.
Kwok is best known for his theory on the origin of planetary nebulae and the evolution of sun-like stars. He served as a principal investigator with Canadian participation in the submillimeter satellite mission Odin from 1994-2003. From 2003 to 2005, Kwok served as a distinguished research fellow and director at the Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Kwok has published many influential books, including “The Origin and Evolution of Planetary Nebulae” and “Cosmic Butterflies.” In 2007, Kwok published his book “Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium,” which has been used as textbook in many leading universities in the world. In recent years, Kwok has published “Organic Matter in the Universe” and “Stardust: The Cosmic Seeds of Life.”