Professor Kwok received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1973. He then studied with Professor Nicolaas Bloembergen (Nobel Laureate, 1981) at Harvard University, where he received his MS and PhD degrees in Applied Physics in 1974 and 1978 respectively. From 1978 to 1980, he worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory with Professor Y.T. Lee (Nobel Laureate, 1986). From 1980 to 1992, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a Professor since 1985. He joined HKUST in 1992.
Professor Kwok is active in professional activities. He has chaired and was a member of program committees of many international conferences. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of Society for Information Display.
Professor Kwok has over 500 publications and presented over 350 conference papers. He has also edited six conference proceedings and holds 30 patents. His latest book on Photoalignment (coauthored with Prof Chigrinov) came out in 2008.
He was awarded a US Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984; the New York State/UUP Excellence Award in 1991.