DO YOU know what the "Marquis Who? Who" is? It's a U.S. based publication
listing biography information on notable people around the world. Famous people
like Nicole Kidman (actress) and Thomas Schelling (2005 Novel Prize laureate)
were listed. Myoung Seong-sik made the 2006 "Marquis Who's Who," a rare event
for a scientist without a Ph. D.
The Annals: How did you feel after being listed on
the "Marquis Who? Who?"
Myoung: The "Marquis Who's Who"
first requested me to send my biography. I think my thesis "A Miniaturization
Method of Parallel Coupled-Line Filters Using Lumped Capacitors and Grounding"
is the reason they contacted me. I knew about the book because a colleague from
the lab (Han Jin-kyu) had been listed, but never imagined that I would be listed
as well. I felt very lucky to get a positive evaluation by a famous publication.
However, later, I worried I wasn? qualified enough to be listed.
Could you explain your thesis?
has to do with radio communication which involves filters. A filter catches
certain signals in a super-high frequency circuit and varies in size according
to each super-high frequency. My technology minimizes the size of the filter,
which then minimizes the size of wireless products such as cell phones and PDAs.
I am currently applying for a patent in Korea and the U.S. with Samsung. I hope
that this technology will become a new field of study.
It must have taken long time and much effort to get such a
result. What kind of difficulties did you face?
face much trouble in terms of lack of support because Yonsei is designated as a
specialized school in this field. Moreover, I enjoy studying so the long
experiments weren? a problem for me. At times, though, I felt depressed when I
couldn? derive any results from days and days of experiments. Also, since I do
research for about 10 hours a day in the lab, my life sometimes feels a bit
As a scientist, what do you think about the Hwang
There can be many fabrications in a
thesis. This means that the scholar? conscience is important. Dr. Hwang? problem
is that he lied. He can never regain his fame. It may be a tragedy for him but I
think it is an opportunity for scientists to rethink their attitudes as
Then, what do you think is the ?ight?attitude a scientist
should have? Do you have a particular scientist you
I think that scientists are not technicians but
philosophers. They should try to understand and discover the truth of the
universe. Personally, I respect Dr. Park Byeong-ha who is a researcher at
Samsung Electronics. He started studying at a late age but succeeded. I also
heard that on his way to work each day, he reads the latest theses. I respect
him for his diligence and endless passion for science, which are both virtues a
scientist should have.
Finally, do you have any advice for students who are studying
science or engineering?
Students these days seem to think
that the university is a job center. However, school is one of the few places
where you can purely study science with full support. I hope students remember
this and get to really love what they study. They will get out of it as much as
they put in.
Myoung seemed like a very ordinary and extraordinary person at the
same time. He plays soccer with his colleagues and enjoys a drink at the bar
from time to time; then again, as a member of the ancient history
hakhoe (study group) in college, he quotes proverbs by Confucius and
seems to have a very philosophical mindset on his academic field. Perhaps this
versatile characteristic is what made this young scientist worthy to be listed
on the "Marquis Who's Who."
Ph. D. Candidate (3rd
Radio Communications Lab.
in The Graduate School
Electrical and Electronic