Tony Wong

 Tony Wong

Contact Information

227 Astronomy Building, MC-221
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

  • Molecular Clouds
  • Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies
  • Evolution of Disk Galaxies

Research Description

Prof. Wong's research group uses observations of interstellar gas in galaxies to understand their structure and evolution.  We study primarily CO, an abundant tracer of molecular gas in galaxies, and investigate the links between molecular clouds, their surrounding galaxies, and the rate of star formation.  We also use gas as a probe of the dynamics of galaxy disks.


  • PhD (2000) Astrophysics, UC Berkeley
  • BA (1994) Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics, Harvard

In The News

  • "The Rise and Fall of Star Formation in Galaxies” has been selected as one of seven Symposia for the 2021 IAU General Assembly, and will be organized by Professor Tony Wong.

  • Prof. Tony Wong spent some time recently at the Next Generation School teaching the STEAM students about telescopes. Read all about it here.

  • Four professors, one instructor, and one TA are on the Fall 2018 Excellent Teacher list. Professors Bryan Dunne and Brian Fields were listed as Outstanding. Others on the list include: Professors Charles Gammie, Joaquin Vieira, and Tony Wong, Instructor Amanda Winans, and TA Melanie Archipley.

  • We begin the academic year with two faculty members newly promoted.   Joaquin Vieira is now an Associate Professor of Astronomy and of Physics.  Tony Wong is now a Full Professor of Astronomy.  Congratulations to all!