Professor Vivian Yam is the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy at the University of Hong Kong.
Yam is well known for her work in inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, photochemistry and photophysics. She studied at The University of Hong Kong (BSc 1985, PhD 1988). She joined the faculty of The University of Hong Kong in 1990, and was appointed Chair Professor in Chemistry in 1999. She was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 as the youngest member of the Academy, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012, and Fellow of the TWAS in 2006. She was the Laureate of the 2011 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award and recipient of the 2005/06 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Centenary Medal, 2015 RSC Ludwig Mond Award, 2005 State Natural Science Award, 2006 Japanese Photochemistry Association Eikohsha Award, 2014 Chinese Chemical Society-China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) Chemistry Contribution Prize, Docteur Honoris Causa (Université de Rennes 1, 2013), 2013 Seaborg Lectureship (UC Berkeley), 2015/16 Julia S. and Edward C. Lee Memorial Lectureship (Lee Lectureship) (University of Chicago), 2011 Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress, 2007 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, 2000-01 Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, 2002 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong and 2008 Hong Kong Outstanding Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award.10 November 2016