Tony Pan, PhD

2010 Hertz Fellow
Tony Pan
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Tony Pan is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, an energy technology startup in Seattle.

Tony is a co-inventor of 250+ patents pending, spanning fields such as energy, nanoelectronics, and medical devices. Formerly, he was a member of Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum. He consulted for the Invention Science Fund, Global Good Fund, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During the ’08 financial crisis, he was a strategist at Goldman Sachs, helping navigate the mortgage meltdown. Recognitions include the Forbes 30 under 30 in Science, and the Business Journal 40 under 40.

Tony’s PhD is from Harvard, where he held three national fellowships from the Hertz Foundation, Soros, and National Science Foundation. There he explored the cosmic dawn, the “Let there be light” moment in the nascent universe, when the very first stars lived and died in spectacular explosions. His alma mater is Stanford University.

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
Properties of Unusually Luminous Supernovae


2020, 35 Innovators Under 35, MIT Technology Review
2016, Peter Strauss Award, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2015, Forbes “30 Under 30: Science”, Forbes
2010, Soros Fellow, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans