Yat Sun Poon 潘日新

  • Scholarship in 1981 at University of Oxford

Professor Yat Sun Poon attended Heung To Middle School for his primary and secondary education for twelve years. He graduated from New Asia College of Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1981. Supported by the Croucher Foundation from 1981-1985, he obtained a D. Phil from Oxford University, under the supervision of Prof Nigel J. Hitchin (FRS). His research specialty is in differential geometry and algebraic geometry. After his graduate school, he became a NSF post-doctoral fellow in the State University of New York at Stony Brook for two years. After serving as an assistant professor for three years at Rice University of Houston, he moved to University of California at Riverside as an associate professor in 1990. In 1995, he was promoted to be a professor. In 2000, he was appointed an associate dean for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences of UC Riverside for four years to oversee its physical and mathematical sciences division. Beyond management of all concerned personnel issues, he was a lead person for this college on capital planning. Since 2015, he serves as chair for the Department of Mathematics. 

Beginning on 2006, he is appointed as a representative of the University of California system to serve on the Advisory Committee of the California Mathematics Project to oversee teacher in-service training. 

In 2009-2017, he was appointed a member and associate director of the Mathematical Sciences Center of Tsinghua University to advise Professor Shing Tung Yau on the development of this research center in Beijing. He was a Professor of Tsinghua University in 2009-2011.

In 2013, with his sister, Professor Wai Yin Poon of CUHK, he co-authored a book on "Elementary Application of Differential Geometry on Influence Analysis".

In addition, in 2003, with wife Ms Sau King Chiu (B.A. 1981, CUHK; and M.Ed, 1984 Hull University), he co-founded the Sunflower Education Center in Los Angeles.

His daughter, Jessica Poon, received her PhD degree from UC Berkeley in 2019. She is currently a Delivery Science Fellow of Kaiser Permanente at Oakland, California. His son, Michael Poon received his Law Degree from Stanford University in 2017. After his clerkship with Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District of California, he is now an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation. 

His personal interests include literature, musics and opera.



Currently

His research focus is on deformation of holomorphic Poisson structures and generalized complex structures.