Lam, Lui

Professor, Physics & Astronomy




Preferred: (408) 924-5261


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, Columbia Univ in the City of New York, New York, United States, 1973
  • Master of Science, Physics, Columbia Univ in the City of New York, New York, United States, 1969
  • Master of Science, Physics, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada, 1968
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics and Mathematics, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, 1965


Lui Lam, physicist and humanist, obtained his B.Sc. (with First Class Honors) from the University of Hong Kong, M.Sc. from University of British Columbia, and Ph.D. from Columbia University (with thesis done at Bell Labs under Phil Platzman). He is Professor of Physics at San Jose State University, California and Adjunct Professor at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). Lam invented BOWLICS (1982), one of three existing types of liquid crystals in the world; ACTIVE WALKS (1992), a new paradigm in complex systems; and two new disciplines--HISTOPHYSICS (2002) and SCIENCE MATTERS (2008). He published 14 books and over 170 scientific papers; the books include "Introduction to Nonlinear Physics" (1997), "Nonlinear Physics for Beginners" (1998), "This Pale Blue Dot" (2004), "Science Matters" (2008), "Arts: A Science Matter" (2011), and "All About Science: Philosophy, History, Sociology & Communication" (2013). He is the founder of the International Liquid Crystal Society (1990); cofounder of the Chinese Liquid Crystal Society (1980); founder and editor of two book series, "Science Matters" (World Scientific) and "Partially Ordered Systems" (Springer). His current research is in science matters (SciMat), histophysics, and complex systems; SciMat website: Email: