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I have 2 PhD degrees (one in astrophysics and one in philosophy). My research focusses on astrophysics, cosmology, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, dialogue between science and religion, and STEM education. I am currently a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU, 國際天文聯會). I am also a guest host of the RTHK TV talk show 五夜講場—真係好科學 and 五夜講場—學人串社科.

Education background:

1999-2002 BSc (Major in Physics) (CUHK)

2000 Summer courses in Mathematics (University of California, Irvine, USA)

2002 Summer school in Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology (International Center of Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy)

2002-2004 MPhil (Astrophysics) (CUHK)

2004-2008 PhD (Astrophysics) (CUHK)

2008-2010 MA (Christian Studies) (CUHK)

2010-2012 PgDE (Physics Education) (CUHK)

2013-2017 PhD (Philosophy) (HKBU)

Work experience:

2004-2011: Secondary school teacher (2007-2011 physics panel head) (major subjects taught: CE maths, CE physics, AL physics, ASL liberal studies, DSE combined science, DSE liberal studies)

2011-2015: Lecturer (CUHK Physics Department) (major courses taught: Astronomy, Meteorology, Engineering Physics)

2015-2021: Assistant Professor (EdUHK)

2021-present: Associate Professor (EdUHK)

Awards:

2020 President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Research (Early Career Award)(EdUHK)

2020 Departmental Teaching Excellent Award (SES, EdUHK)

2019 Honorable Mention, 2019 Awards for Essays on Gravitation (Awarded by Gravity Research Foundation, USA)

2019 Departmental Teaching Excellent Award (SES, EdUHK)

2018 Faculty Teaching Award (Team award, FLASS, EdUHK)

2017 Research Output Prize (FLASS, EdUHK)

2013 Departmental Teaching Award (CUHK Physics Department)

2002 Head list of Chung Chi College, CUHK

2000 Second runner-up, Intervasity Debating competition; Champion, HK-Macau debating competition

Research grants:

2022-2023 General Research Fund (RGC) (~HKD$290k)

2021-2022 Seed Research Fund (~HKD$125k)

2021-2022 Dean's Research Fund (~HKD$250k)

2019-2020 Internal Research Fund (~HKD$140k)

2019-2020 Early Career Scheme (RGC) (~HKD$250k)

2018-2019 Dean's Research Fund (~HKD$130k)

2017-2018 Dean's Research Fund (~HKD$~75k)

Observational projects:

2020 Effelsberg Radio Telescope (Max Planck Radio Observatory)

2019 FAST (The largest radio telescope in the world, 中國天眼)

2018 Shanghai Tianma Radio Telescope

2017 Nanshan Radio Telescope

Major administrative duties:

2021-present: Programme Leader, Postgraduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) (Secondary)

2019-2021: Programme Leader, Master of Arts in STEM Education

2017-2021: Subject Coordinator and Field Experience Coordinator of PGDE(Science)

Others:

2021-present: Chairperson, Steering Committee of the Jockey Club CoolPlay Project

2020-present: Member, International Astronomical Union (IAU)

2019-present: Chairman, Society for Science and Religion in Asia

2019-present: Academic Consultant, Hong Kong Astronomical Society

2019-present: Member, American Astronomical Society

2017-present: Invited member, Asian-PacificAssociation on Philosophy of Science

2017-present: Associate member of International Society for Science and Religion

2016-present: Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Centre for Christian Apologetics

2014-present: Committee Member of the Hong Kong Physics Olympiad Committee

2013-2020: Member of American Scientific Affiliation

2013-2014: Consultant of CUHK Lee Woo Sing College debate team

2002-2012: Cantonese debate team coach

1999-2000: CUHK cantonese debate team member

Research interests:

Astrophysics, Cosmology, Philosophy of Science, Dialogue between Science and Religion, Philosophy of Religion, STEM education

Community service:

Debating competition adjudicator, Consultant in science projectcompetition

Religion:

Christianity

Other interests:

Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Piano, Guitar, Drum, Singing, Debate, Reading (including history, philosophy, theology, science, sociology, political science)

KT activities:

1. Popular science talks (more than 30 since 2017)

2. TV programmes (港台電視31: 《五夜講場-真係好科學》; 《五夜講場-學人串社科》;Kharis Productions from Scotland: Exploring the God Question)

3. STEM seminars and workshops

4. Keynote speaker, 《思托邦-宗教與科學》(香港中文大學逸夫大講堂)(www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8fRkiuFKUg

5. Science and Religion talk in 《大學問》

Selected publications:

Books (Physics)

  1. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. "Sterile Neutrinos in the Universe". Neutrinos: Properties, Sources and Detection ed. by Joshua P. Greene, pp.133-144. New York: Nova Science Publishers , Inc, 2011.
  2. M. H. Chan, Topics in Neutrino Astrophysics. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.

Books (Others)

  1. 李揚津、陳文豪等編,《STEM教育-從理論到實踐》(香港:香港教育大學,2017年)。
  2. 陳文豪,《理有理講-以理性尋找上帝》(香港:宣道出版社,2016年)。
  3. 陳文豪,<人的回歸?-簡評宇宙的微調>。關啟文等編:《智慧設計的當代爭論》(香港:天道出版社,2014年)。

Journals (Physics)

  1. M. H. Chan and C. F. Yeung. "Model-independent constraints on ultra-light dark matter from the SPARC data", The Astrophysical Journal, 913, 25 (2021).
  2. C. M. Lee and M. H. Chan. "The evaporating primordial black hole fraction in cool-core galaxy clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 912, 24 (2021).
  3. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Reply to "Comment on 'Constraining the annihilating dark matter mass by the radio continuum spectral data of the NGC4214 galaxy'"". Physical Review D (Reply), 103, 048302 (2021).
  4. A. Del Popolo, M. Deliyergiyev and M. H. Chan. "Improved Lemaitre-Tolman model and the mass and turnaround radius in group of galaxies". Physics of the Dark Universe, 31, 100780 (2021).
  5. M. H. Chan. "The radio constraints of dark matter: a review and some future perspectives", Galaxies (invited review in "A Trip across the Universe: Our Present Knowledge and Future Perspectives"), 9, 11 (2021).
  6. M. H. Chan, C. F. Yeung, L. Cui and C. S. Leung. "Analysing the radio flux density profile of the M31 galaxy: a possible dark matter interpretation", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 501, 5692 (2021).
  7. A. Del Popolo and M. H. Chan. "Turnaround radius in Lambda CDM and dark matter cosmologies. II. The role of dynamical friction", Physical Review D, 102, 123510 (2020).
  8. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Constraining the annihilating dark matter mass by the radio continuum spectral data of the NGC4214 galaxy", Physical Review D, 102, 063017 (2020).
  9. M. H. Chan, C. M. Lee, C.-Y. Ng and C. S. Leung. "Constraining annihilating dark matter mass by the radio continuumspectral data of a high-redshift galaxy cluster", The Astrophysical Journal, 900, 126 (2020).
  10. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Constraining the spin-indepedent elastic scattering cross section of dark matter using the Moon as a detection targetand the background neutrino data", Physical Review D, 102, 023024 (2020).
  11. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Constraining primordial black hole fraction at the Galactic Centre using radio observational data", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 497, 1212 (2020).
  12. M. H. Chan. "The decaying and scattering properties of the d*(2380) hexaquark Bose Einstein Condensate dark matter", The Astrophysical Journal, 898, 132 (2020).
  13. A. Del Popolo, M. H. Chan and D. F. Mota. "Turnaround radius in Lambda CDM and dark matter cosmologies with shear and vorticity", Physical Review D, 101, 083505 (2020).
  14. M. H. Chan. "A tight correlation between the enclosed gravitational mass and hot gas mass in galaxy clusters at intermediate radii", Physics of the Dark Universe, 28, 100478 (2020).
  15. M. H. Chan and A. Del Popolo. "The radial acceleration relation in galaxy clusters", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 492, 5865 (2020)
  16. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "An excess radio signal in the Abell 4038 cluster", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 500, 5583 (2021).
  17. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Fitting dark matter mass with the radio continuum spectral data of the Ophiuchus cluster", Physics of the Dark Universe, 26, 100355 (2019).
  18. M. H. Chan and C. M. Lee. "Origin of the DAMPE 1.4 TeV peak", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 486, L85-L88 (2019).
  19. M. H. Chan. "A universal constant for dark matter-baryon interplay", Scientific Reports, 9, 3570 (2019). (This article is in the Top 100 downloaded Scientific Reports physics papers in 2019.)
  20. M. H. Chan, L. Cui, J. Liu and C. S. Leung. "Ruling out ~100-300 GeV thermal relic annihilating dark matter by radio observation of the Andromeda galaxy", The Astrophysical Journal, 872, 177 (2019).
  21. M. H. Chan. "Constraining the population of intermediate mass black holes by gamma-ray data of the Fornax cluster", Monthly Notice of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481, 3618 (2018).
  22. M. H. Chan. "Relieving tensions related to the dark matter intepretation of the Fermi-LAT data", Galaxies, 6, 92 (2018).
  23. M. H. Chan and C. H. Leung. "Constraining dark matter by the 511 keV line", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 479, 2229 (2018).
  24. X. Zhang, M. H. Chan, T. Harko, S.-D. Liang and C. S. Leung. "Slowly Rotating Bose Einstein Condensate Galactic Dark Matter Halos, and Their Rotation Curves", The European Physical Journal C, 78, 346 (2018).
  25. M. H. Chan and H. K. Hui."Testing the CubicGalileon Gravity model by the Milky Wayrotation curve and SPARC data", The Astrophysical Journal, 856, 177 (2018).
  26. M. H. Chan. "A possible signature of annihilating dark matter", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 474, 2576 (2018).
  27. M. H. Chan and C. H. Leung. "Ruling out dark matter interpretation of the galactic GeV excess by gamma-ray data of galaxy clusters", Scientific Reports, 7, 14895 (2017).
  28. M. H. Chan. "Constraining annihilating dark matter by radio data of M33, Physical Review D, 96, 043009 (2017).
  29. M. H. Chan. "Constraining annihilating dark matter by x-ray data". Astrophysics and Space Science, 362, 147 (2017).
  30. M. H. Chan. "A new target object for constraining annihilating dark matter". The Astrophysical Journal, 844, 9 (2017).
  31. M. H. Chan. "Can cold dark matter paradigm explain the central-surface-densities relation?" Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 17, 74 (2017).
  32. M. H. Chan. "Analytic expressions for the dark matter-baryon relations". International Journal of Modern Physics D, 26, 1750118 (2017).
  33. M. H. Chan. "Dark matter annihilation via Higgs and gamma-ray channels". Astrophysics and Space Science, 361, 298 (2016).
  34. M. H. Chan. "Does the gamma-ray signal from the central Milky Way indicate Sommerfeld enhancement of dark matter annihilation?". Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 16, 163 (2016).
  35. M. H. Chan. "Revisiting the constraints on annihilating dark matter by the radio observational data of M31". Physical Review D, 94, 023507 (2016).
  36. M. H. Chan. "Sommerfeld enhancement of invisible dark matter annihilation in galaxies and galaxy clusters". Astroparticle physics, 80, 1-7 (2016).
  37. M. H. Chan. "Can decaying sterile neutrinos account for all dark matter?" Astrophysics and Space Science, 361, 116 (2016).
  38. M. H. Chan.“Observational constraints of 30-40 GeV dark matter annihilation in galaxy clusters”. Physics Research International, 2016, 2394965 (2016).
  39. M. H. Chan.“Electron-positron pair production near the Galactic Centre and the 511 keV emission line”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 456, L113-L116 (2016).
  40. M. H. Chan. “Indirect constraints on the dark matter interpretation of excess positrons seen by AMS-02”. Physical Review D, 92, 083504 (2015).
  41. M. H. Chan.“A solution to the dark matter-baryon conspiracy”. Physics Journal, 1(2), 179-182 (2015).
  42. M. H. Chan.“The energy conservation in our universe and the pressureless dark energy”. Journal of Gravity, 2015, 384673 (2015).
  43. M. H. Chan.“Indirect evidence of GeV Dark Matter”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 448, L87-L89 (2015).
  44. M. H. Chan.“A natural solution to the dark energy problem”. Physical Science International Journal, 5(4), 267-275, (2015).
  45. M. H. Chan.“The energy-driven model and the scaling relations in galaxies”. Physical Science International Journal, 4(9), 1311-1317 (2014).
  46. M. H. Chan.“A tight Scaling Relation of Dark Matter in Galaxy Clusters”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society Letters, 442, L14-L17 (2014).
  47. M. H. Chan and R. Ehrlich. “Dark matter mass profiles in the Milky Way and in galaxy clusters support a prior claim of 4.0 eV and 21.4 eV sterile neutrinos”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 349, 407-413 (2014).
  48. M. H. Chan. “Reconciliation of modified Newtonian dynamics and dark matter theory”. Physical Review D, 88, 103501 (2013).
  49. M. H. Chan. “Scaling relations of the slightly self-interacting cold dark matter in galaxies and clusters”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 433, 2310-2313 (2013).
  50. M. H. Chan. “Observational evidence for Dark Matter interacting through a Yukawa Potential”. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 769, L2 (2013).
  51. M. H. Chan. “Unifying the scaling relations in galactic bulges – an implication of bulge formation”. Physical Review and Research International, 3(3), 248-255 (2013).
  52. M. H. Chan. “Shaping the relation between the mass of supermassive black holes and the velocity dispersion of galactic bulges”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 345, 195-198 (2013).
  53. M. H. Chan. “Sterile neutrinos as dark matter in clusters and galaxies”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 343, 377-381 (2013).
  54. M. H. Chan. “How dark energy affects the MOND theory in clusters”. Journal of Modern Physics, 3, 1128-1130 (2012).
  55. S. Yeung, M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Cosmic Microwave Background constraints of decaying dark matter particle properties”. The Astrophysical Journal, 755, 108 (2012).
  56. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. "Electron-positron Annihilation Lines and Decaying Sterile Neutrinos". Astrophysics and Space Science, 338, 313-317 (2011).
  57. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Astronomical Constraints on properties of Sterile Neutrino Dark Matter”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 332, 437-440 (2011).
  58. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Observational Evidences for the existence of 17.4 keV Decaying Degenerate Sterile Neutrinos near the Galactic Center”. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 727, L47 (2011).
  59. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “The Existence of Sterile Neutrino Halos in Galactic Centers as an Explanation of the Black Hole mass – Velocity Dispersion Relation”. The Astrophysical Journal, 692, 212-216 (2009).
  60. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Observational Constraints of Sterile Neutrinos in Galaxies”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 319, 143-147 (2009).
  61. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “A Predicted Relation between the Temperature and Density Profile of Cluster Hot Gas”. Astrophysics and Space Science, 317, 149-152 (2008).
  62. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Decaying Sterile Neutrinos as a Heating Source in the Milky Way Center”. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 389, 297-300 (2008).
  63. M. H. Chan and M.-C. Chu. “Heating of the Intergalactic Medium by the Radiative Decay of Neutrinos”. The Astrophysical Journal, 658, 859-864 (2007).

Journals (Philosophy, Science and Religion, Theology)

  1. K. Y. Chan and M. H. Chan. "A discussion of Klass Landsman's criticisms of the fine-tuning argument", Theology and Science, 18, 279-289 (2020).
  2. M. H. Chan."A comment on 'cosmology and convention' by David Merritt",Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 50, 283-296 (2019).
  3. M. H. Chan. "Is the history of our universe finite?" Theology and Science, 17, 248-256 (2019).
  4. 陳文豪,<卡拉姆宇宙論證>,《東吳哲學學報》,38期,2018年8月,頁1-28。
  5. 陳文豪,<評宗哲對話錄有關科學與宗教的討論>,《建道學刊》,50期,2018年7月,頁129-144。
  6. M. H. Chan.“Would God create our universe through multiverse?” Theology and Science, 13, 394-407 (2015).
  7. M. H. Chan. “Can Natural Laws create our Universe?” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 66, 35-39 (2014).
  8. 陳文豪,<微調論證>,《宗教哲學季刊》68期(台灣:宗教哲學研究社,2014年),頁153-169。
  9. 陳文豪,<宗教與科學的對談(上)>,《海外校園》118期,2013年4月,頁36-40。
  10. 陳文豪,<宗教與科學的對談(下)>,《海外校園》119期,2013年6月,頁39-42。

Journals (Education)

  1. 陳文豪,<STEM教育在香港推行的狀況>,《青年研究學報》,21期,2018年,頁99-106。

Other articles (Philosophy, Science, Theology)

  1. 陳文豪,<評《宗哲對話錄》有關宗教與迷信的討論>,01哲學專欄文章,2016年11月8日。(http://philosophy.hk01.com/%E5%B0%88%E6%AC%84%E6%96%87%E7%AB%A0/52968/%E8%A9%95%E3%80%8A%E5%AE%97%E5%93%B2%E5%B0%8D%E8%A9%B1%E9%8C%84%E3%80%8B%E6%9C%89%E9%97%9C%E5%AE%97%E6%95%99%E8%88%87%E8%BF%B7%E4%BF%A1%E7%9A%84%E8%A8%8E%E8%AB%96
  2. 陳文豪,<寫於宗哲大討論之後-有關「微調論證」的補充>,立場新聞特約轉載文章,2017年1月26日。(http://thestandnews.com/culture

Conference presentations

  1. M. H. Chan. "Is the history of our universe finite?" The 8th Asian-Pacific Conference on Philosophy of Science, Shanghai, China. 2019.6.30.
  2. M. H. Chan. "Ruling out ~100-300 GeV thermal relic annihilating dark matter by radio observation of the Andromeda galaxy". 3rd International Conference on Astronomy and Space Science, London, UK. 2019.05.02.
  3. M. H. Chan. "Is the history of our universe finite?" Roundtable, 24th World Congress of Philosophy, Beijing, China. 2018.8.14.
  4. M. H. Chan."Radio constraints of annihilating dark matter". Astronomy Congress 2018, Osaka, Japan. 2018.5.30.
  5. M. H. Chan. "Is the standard model of cosmology built upon conventionalist strategems?" The 7th Asian-Pacific Conference on Philosophy of Science, National Chung-Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan. 2017.12.15.
  6. M. H. Chan. "The problem concerning the origin of multiverse". The Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum (FASCORE), HKU. 2017.11.06.
  7. M. H. Chan."Sommerfeld enhancement of dark matter annihilation in galaxies and galaxy clusters". International Conference on Astrophysics and Particle Physics. 2016.12.09.
  8. M. H. Chan. “Fine-tuning and theodicy”. American Scientific Affiliation Conference 2015. American Scientific Affiliation. 2015.07.26.
  9. M. H. Chan. “Learning through teaching – a training scheme for undergraduates”. Learning and Teaching Expo 2014, CUHK. 2014.12.15.
  10. M. H. Chan. “An extremely tight scaling relation in galaxy clusters”. The 17th Annual Conference of the Physical Society of Hong Kong. Physical Society of Hong Kong. 2014.06.07.

My biographical data are also included in Marquis Who's Who (馬奎斯世界名人錄)(see Chan, Man Ho. (2016). In Marquis Who's Who (Ed.), Who's who in the world 2016 (33rd ed.). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who LLC.).

(Marquis Who's Who is a world-renowned publisher of biographical information, tracking the lives and careers of noteworthy people in all fields of endeavor, past and present.)

Research interests

Research Interests:

1. Dark matter astrophysics

2. Neutrino physics

3. Cosmology

4. Dialogue between Science and Religion

5. Philosophy of Science

6. Philosophy of Religion

7. STEM education

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests:

1. Astronomy and Astrophysics

2. Fundamental physics

3. Quantum physics

4. History and Philosophy of Science

5. Science and Religion

6. Physics Education

External Appointments

2014-present: Committee member of Hong Kong Physics Olympiad

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