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physics professor

Francis Man Kei Tam, American physics professor. Recipient Outstanding Alumnus award, Yuet Wah College, 1970; grantee, Westinghouse Corporation, 1990.


Tam, Francis Man Kei was born on December 7, 1938 in Macao, Asia. Came to the United States, 1960. Naturalized, 1974. Son of Anthony Wai Chiu and Agatha (Yeung) Tam.


General certified education, University London, 1959. Certified of matriculation, University Hong Kong, 1959. Bachelor, University California, Berkeley, 1963.

Master of Science, University Minnesota, 1967.


Reader University California, Berkeley, 1962-1963. Teaching assistant University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1963-1965, research assistant, 1965-1967. Assistant professor physics Frostburg (Maryland) State University, 1967-1995, associate professor physics, 1995—2004, professor physics and engineering, 2004—2005, emeritus professor physics and engineering, since 2008.

Consultant science fair projects Regional Education Service of Appalachia, Cumberland, Maryland, 1989-1996. Director, principal investigator Improving Teacher Quality Teaching Opportunities in Physics and Physical Science, Maryland Higher Education Commission, since 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Thunderstorm Electrification, 1972. Reviewer textbooks in field. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Pastoral leader Mary, Servant of the Lord Prayer Community, St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, Cumberland, 1977-1980. Advisor Democratic Club, Frostburg State College, 1969-1970. Member American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, American Association Physics Teachers (Distinguished Service award Appalachian section 1991, section representative 1991—2008, secretary-treasurer 1981-1991, president 1978-1979, chairman committee on minorities in physics education 1989-1991, member committee on professional concerns 1991-1994, membership and benefits committee, 1994-1997, nominating committee 1997-1998, committee on history and philosophy 1999-1902, member and benefits committee, 2003, nominating committee 2005-2006).


  • Other Interests

    Collecting chinese antiques, ping pong/table tennis, tai chi.


Married Margaret McGann, October 28, 1978. Children: Mary Christina, Peter Anthony, Matthew Philip.

Anthony Wai Chiu Tam

Agatha (Yeung) Tam

Margaret McGann

Peter Anthony Tam

Matthew Philip Tam

Mary Christina Tam