Physics (Notes)

Video Broadcast : #044

  • In December 1920, Rangoon University was established with eight Departments and six Professors.
  • Physics Department was given a Professorship in 1921.
  • K. M. Ward was appointed Head of Physics Department on May 16, 1921
  • N. C. Krishna Aiyar was appointed Head of Physics Department on 1930
  • J. West was appointed Head of Physics Department on 1940

Dr. Maung Maung Kha (Saya Kha)

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Oke Soe, Saya Kha, Myat Mun, Sayama Ruby, Mamie, May Thi
Obituary of Saya Kha
  • Doctorate in Meteorological Physics from the Imperial College, University of London, UK
  • Worked briefly at the Directorate of Meteorology
  • Transferred to the Department of Physics at the University of Rangoon.
  • First native Professor of Physics at the University of Rangoon.
  • Interim Dean at the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Rector of the University of Rangoon, RASU and Distance Learning
  • Excellent violinist
    Favorite songs include “Only Two” (Translation by Saya U Ba Kyi)
    Both are Patrons of RU Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin
  • Former colleagues, students and Saya’s family celebrated the Centennial of Saya’s birthday
  • Saya Kha Hall (named in his honor)
  • Spouse : Sayama Daw Khin Soe Tin @ Ruby (National Tennis Champion in Mixed Doubles with Joe Ba Maung)
  • Children : Dr. Oaksoe Kha (Alvin, High School Luyechun, Swimming, Water Polo, Retired Medical Doctor Specialist from UK), Mamie Kha, Maythi Kha (Former Sayama at Law Department), Dr. Myat Mun Kha (IT Programmer)

U San Tha Aung

  • Alumnus of Harvard University.
  • Received A.M. (Physics)
  • He and Saya Kha wrote High School Physics texts (in Burmese and English).
  • Lecturer, Physics
  • Director General of Higher Education
  • Passed away unexpected after an inspection tour.

Three early doctorates from USA

  • Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong, first in Burma in 1953), Dr. Tin Maung and Dr. Tin Aung received their doctorates from the USA.
  • Dr. Hla Shwe and Dr. Tin Maung moved to the USA.
  • Dr. Tin Aung was a victim of the 8-8-88 (even though he was in the USA at the time of the Ah Yay Ah Khin)

Dr. Tin Aung

  • Served as Professor and Head of the Physics Department.
  • He was on an educational tour in the USA when his colleagues elected him as Patron of the All Universities’ Teachers Association for the 8-8-88 movement.
  • After his return, he was forced to resign effective immediately.
  • A year ago, he had a replacement pace maker.

Some Sayas and Sayamas

  • Dr. Aye Thein Kyaw (Canada, GBNF)
  • Mr. Bharadwaja (wrote the Lab manuals)
  • U Hlwan Moe (GBNF)
    Succeeded Daw Nyein as Head of RIT Physics
    Spouse : Daw Khin Swe Aye
    His son is a doctor in UK.
  • Dr. Htin Aung (Japan, GBNF)
    Sixth in Burma in the Matriculation of 1957
    Younger twin brother : Dr. Htin Kyaw
  • Dr. Htin Kyaw
    First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1957
    Saya Micky recruited the twins to join RUBC
  • U Kaung Nyunt (GBNF)
    Principal of RC2
    Rector of Dagon University
    Spouse : PPBRS alumni
    Daughter : Khaing Khaing Nyunt (UCC)
  • Daw Khin Mar Mar
    Father : Sayagyi U Net
    Son : Wunna Ko Ko
    Studied Computer Science
  • Daw Khin Swe Aye (Emily)
    Spouse : U Hlwan Moe (GBNF)
  • U Kin Sein (Director)
    He was at the Ministry (in charge of vetting state scholarships)
  • U Kyaw Khin (USA)
  • U Kyaw Mya Thein (GBNF)
    Retired from ICST/UCSY
    Coined the word “Kar Ku La Thin Char” for Calculus.
    Passed away in Singapore.
  • U Kyaw Myint (GBNF)
    Retired as Director General of Higher Education
    We spent some time together as Guest Speakers for the Ngapali Lu Ye Chun Camp in the Summer of 1988.
    Has a Foundation named after him.
  • Dr. Khin Swe Myint
    Hosted a Physics conference in Mandalay with the help of Dr. Khin Maung Maung (Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi)
    Brother : U Ohn Khine
  • Dr. Kyaw Tint (Science Scholar, USA)
    Post graduate studies in Japan
    Past President, BADA
  • U Kyaw Win (USA)
  • Dr. Maung Maung Gyi (Canada)
    Taught at RIT.
    Worked in Singapore and Canada.
  • Daw May Su (GBNF)
    Sayama and her spouse Saya U Ba Nyunt (EE, MOGE) visited their daughter and grand children in Northern California.
  • Daw May Than Nwe (Joyce, GBNF)
    First in Physics Honors in 1962
    Spouse : Saya U Thein Lwin (GBNF)
    Classmates : Dr. Sein Tun, Robert Sein, Daw Khin Than Nwe, Daw Khin Swe Aye (Emily)
    She and her spouse passed away within a month or two of each other in Singapore.
  • Dr. Myint Kyi (Pro-Rector, IMBTU)
    Met him at the Final Journey of Sayadaw U Silananda
  • Dr. Myint Thein
  • Daw Nyein (GBNF)
    Retired as Head ofthe RIT Physics Department
    Lived up to 101 years.
  • U Oo Khin Maung
    Co-organizer for Saya Kha’s Centennial
  • U Saw Hlaing (Principal, Director, GBNF)
    First met him as organizer of Kusala Kari association on Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
    Last met him at the Ministry of Education.
  • Dr. Soe Myint Win (Electronics/Engineering, GBNF)
    Gawpaka at a monastery in Northern California
    Helped found the Northern California Physics Association.
  • Dr. Soe Tint (USA)
  • U Tha Hlaing
    Taught at RIT for two decades
    Gave Ovada at SPZP-2007 in Singapore along with Sayagyi U Ba Toke.
  • Mehm Than Thoung (Maurice)
    First in Physics Honors in 1961
    RUBC Gold in 1961
    Retired as Rector of Distance Learning
    Currently spending time at a meditation center
  • U Thein Aung (Micky, SPHS59, GBNF)
    RUBC Gold in 1962
    Met him during his visit to California.
  • U Thein Htut
    Saya Micky asked him to be athletic trainer for RUBC selected.
  • Daw Thida
    Co-organizer for Saya Kha’s Centennial
  • Dr. Tin Maung Aye (USA)
  • U Tin Oo Hlaing (Principal)
    Interpreter of Saddhammaransi Sayadaw for the Dhamma Duta in USA
  • Dr. Win Naing (USA)
    Brother : Dr. Myint Thein (Nuclear Chemistry)
  • U Ye Sint (USA)
    Editor, Dhammananda Newsletter and “Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silananda


  • Frankie Ohn (Dr. Hla Ngwe Tin, SPHS59) stood first in the Matriculation examination of 1959. He founded a company in Southern California and sold it.
  • Harry Wang (Dr. Than Myint, SPHS57) stood Joint Third in the Matriculation examination of 1956.
  • Dr. Yan Naing Lwin retired as Professor and Chair of Physics at WIU, Macomb. He helped many Burmese to study at WIU (some with scholarship / stipend).
  • Ko Soe Lwin (son of Dr. Maung Lwin) and Ko Myint Thein were selected Physics Lu Ye Chun in the mid 60s.
  • Chu Pu Thein (SPHS63) scored the highest marks for Physics in the first ever High School Final examination in 1962. Due to restrictions, he could not apply to the professional institutes and left to study in Italy.
  • Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63) received 99 marks for Physics in the first ever Matriculation examination in 1963. He supposedly scored a perfect 100, but the Chief Invigilator reluctantly subtracted a point.

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