Jin Au Kong
President of The Electromagnetics Academy (1989-2008)

Biography - Jin Au Kong (December 27, 1942 - March 12, 2008)

Do not tell a lie. Just keep silent if you cannot tell.
--- by Jin Au Kong


  • Taiwan University, B.S. (1962)
  • Chiao Tung University, M.S. (1965)
  • Syracuse University, Ph.D. (1968)


  • Postdoctoral Research Engineer, Syracuse University, 1968-1969
  • Vinton Hayes Postdoctoral Fellow of Engineering, 1969-1971
  • Assistant Professor, MIT, 1969-1973
  • Associate Professor, MIT, 1973-1980
  • High-level Consultant to the Undersecretary-General, and Interregional Advisor on remote sensing technology for the Department of Technical Cooperation for Development, United Nations, 1977-1980
  • Professor, MIT, 1980-2008
  • Chairman of Area IV on Energy and Electromagnetic Systems, MIT, 1984-2003
  • Director of Center for Electromagnetic Theory and Applications in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the MIT, 1989-2008
  • President of The Electromagnetics Academy, 1989-2008
  • Dean of The Electromagnetics Academy at Zhejiang University, 2003-2008
  • Consultant to the New York Port Authority (1971), the Army Engineering Topographical Laboratory (1979), Raytheon Company (1979-1983), MIT Lincoln Laboratory (1979-1991), Schlumberger-Doll Research Center (1985-1998)
  • Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (1982-1984)
  • Member of the Advisory Council for the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1990)
  • External Examiner for the Electronics Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1981-1983), the University of Malaysia (1984, 1991), the University of Limoges, France (1995), the City University of Hong Kong (1996-1999), and Multimedia Univ,ersity of Malasia (2000-2008)


  • Fellow, The Electromagnetics Academy
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Member of Phi Tau Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi
  • Vinton Hayes Postdoctoral Fellow of Engineering, 1969-1971
  • Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, 1982-1984
  • Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, 1985
  • Best Paper Award from the IEEE International EMC Symposium, 1991
  • Transactions Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society,1993
  • Pan Wen Yuan outstanding research award, 1997
  • S. T. Li Prize, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2000
  • IEEE Electromagnetics Award, 2004, by IEEE-AP, IEEE-EC, IEEE-MTT, IEEE-GRSS
  • Awarded the Honorary Doctor Degree (Docteur Honoris Causa) by the University of Nantes, October 13, 2006
  • Awarded the Honorary Doctor Degree (Docteur Honoris Causa) by the University of Paris X, October 18, 2006
  • Listed in American Men of Science (1969), Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era (1976), International Who's Who in Education (1980), Who's Who in the World (1985), and Who's Who in America (1986)


  • President, The Electromagnetics Academy, 1989-2008
  • Chairman, Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), 1989-2008
  • Editor, Wiley series in remote sensing, 1985-2008
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, 1987-2008
  • Chief Editor, Progress In Electromagnetics Research (PIER) series, 1989-2008
  • Chief Editor, Progress In Electromagnetics Research (PIER) Letters, B, M, C, 2008
  • Chief Editor, PIERS Online, 2005-2008


  • Electromagnetic Wave Theory: by J. A. Kong, (Wiley-Interscience, 1975, 1986, 1990; EMW Publishing since 1998, 2000, 2005, latest edition: 1016 pages published May 2008)
  • Maxwell Equations, by J. A. Kong, EMW Publication, 398 pages, 2002
  • Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves: Theories and Applications by L. Tsang, J. A. Kong, and K. H. Ding, Wiley-Interscience, 426 pages, 2000
  • Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves: Numerical Simulations by L. Tsang, J. A. Kong, K. H. Ding, and C. Ao, Wiley-Interscience, 705 pages, 2001
  • Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves: Advanced Topics by L. Tsang and J. A. Kong, Wiley-Interscience, 413 pages, 2001

Journal Articles: 388

Conference Articles: 436

Contact PIERS OFFICE: piers@ewt.mit.edu and/or tpc@piers.org