Tony Pan

Hertz Fellow: Tony Pan

Harvard University

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2010 - 2013

Tony Pan, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, a start-up company based in the Seattle area, whose mission is to generate cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all.

Tony is a co-inventor of 200+ patents and patent applications, spanning fields such as energy, nanoelectronics, and medical devices. He is the first author on five refereed publications. In 2015, Tony was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science. He also served as a pro bono external consultant to the Global Health and Global Development programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is a global shaper of the World Economic Forum. In the past, Tony worked as a strategist at Goldman Sachs, helping navigate the mortgage meltdown during the ‘08-‘09 financial crisis.

Tony’s PhD is from Harvard, where he held three national fellowships from the Hertz, 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.


2013 - Properties of Unusually Luminous Supernovae


2016 - Peter Strauss Award
Hertz Fellow Tony Pan is the co-recipient of the 2016 Strauss Award for tremendous work in revolutionizing the electric power generation and effort in finding a solution to an issue that impacts everyone around the globe: energy consumption, with the Seattle based start-up, Modern Electron, which is working towards generating inexpensive, modular, reliable electricity for use worldwide. Tony co-founded Modern Electron with Hertz Fellow Max Mankin, also co-recipient of the 2016 Strauss Award.