Pathways To Learning Hong Kong Registered School 566985 & 600733

William Shum
Chemistry, Maths and Physics teacher

Qualifications: Ph.D.

Will has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah, where he was the recipient of the Cheves T. Walling Research Award for his work in molecular magnetic materials. He conducted Postdoctoral research in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at Cornell University, and worked as a visiting researcher at Duke University. He has published over thirty scholarly articles and proceedings in renowned scientific journals such as Science, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, and Advanced Materials. He also has extended experience in teaching undergraduate level chemistry, and was a laboratory instructor in the advanced placement program. At ITS, William teaches chemistry up to IB SL and AS-level, plus Maths and Physics up to GCSE level.

The best thing about teaching:
When students starting to grasp the materials and beginning to understand, it is probably the most rewarding moment. Everyone has that kind of eureka or “Aha!” moment at any points in their lives. When they finally able to “see it”, you knew all the hard work is absolutely worth it.

The person I most admire in Chemistry:
J.H. van Vleck is one of the most brilliant scientists in this century; his contribution in the field of magnetism is unparalleled. Not only he was an exceptional researcher, his publications possess the kind of intelligibility allows students to follow his work and able to master the materials.

Marie Curie was not only brilliant and smart, but was a wonderful human being. Her perseverance to challenges, her dedication to learning, and her curiosity to science is an inspiration to us all. I always love her quote, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”


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