Bachelor of Science, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, 1979. Master of Science, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, California, 1984.
Postdoctoral researcher Ohio State University, Columbus, 1985-1986. Assistant professor physics Seoul National University, 1987-1991, associate professor, 1991-1997, professor, since 1997. Research collaborator Los Alamos (New Mexico) National Laboratory, 1985-1986.
Visiting scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, 1989. Visiting associate professor University Washington, Seattle, 1993, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1996. Visiting scholar Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1993, University Washington, Seattle, 2000.
Associate research director National Center for Scientific Research, Louis Pasteur University, 2002. Affiliated professor Korea Institute for Advanced Study, since 2003. Visiting professor Pohang University of Science Technology, 2007.
Fellow Korean Physical Society (award 2000). Member Korea Academy of Sciences Technology.
Married Keumsook Lee, May 24, 1984. Children: Hannah, Kiri.