Chi-Chang Kao, associate lab director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been appointed to lead the laboratory.

Kao, a respected scientist in X-ray science known globally for his accomplishments, will take over on Nov. 1, succeeding the current director, Persis S. Drell.

After a 10-month search that considered dozens of candidates, "in the end, it was clear to us that the best candidate for the job was clearly the one already at SLAC," said Stanford President John Hennessy, in a prepared statement.

Chi-Chang has served for two years as associate lab director for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light Source, an X-ray research facility that studies the structures of proteins and other health-related applications.

His research focuses on X-ray physics, superconductivity, magnetic materials and the properties of materials under high pressure.

Kao came to SLAC in 2010 from Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, where he served as chairman of the National Synchrotron Light Source.

The father of two, Kao is married and lives in Palo Alto. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1980 from National Taiwan University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1988.

Contact Lisa M. Krieger at 650-492-4098.



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