Nguyen Dinh Dang – Physicist-cum-artist

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On October 29, 2014, Dr. Nguyen Dinh Dang will visit TTU and talk about his career as a physicist-cum-artist and share his thoughts on pursuing science and art based on his four-decade experience of studying, conducting research and creating artworks in Russia, Europe, US and Japan. A slide show of some selected oil paintings by him will be presented during the lecture.

Nguyen Dinh Dang was born and grew up in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. In 1976 he won the state scholarship to go study at the Moscow State University in the former Soviet Union, which he graduated in 1982. In 1985 he got his PhD in nuclear theory and in 1990 his Soviet Doctor of Physics and Mathematics Sciences’ degree, which is the highest academic degree in the former Soviet Union (now Russia). After spending a couple of years conducting research in Europe, he was invited to Japan in 1994, where he has been working during the last two decades at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN).

Beside his career as a nuclear theorist, he is also an artist, member of the Vietnam Fine-Arts Association and Shutai Fine-Arts Association of Japan. His oil paintings have been displayed in many solo and group shows in Vietnam and Japan, and are found in private collections in a number of countries in Asia, Europe and the US. He got several awards for his paintings, including the Outstanding Rising Artist’s Prize by Sompo-Japan Fine-Arts Foundation in 2007.