Yun Wang was born and grew up in southwest China. Her poetry book, The Book of Jade, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press and was published in 2002. Her poetry chapbook, The Carp, was published by Bull Thistle Press in 1994. She has published poems and translations of classical Chinese poetry in numerous literary journals. Wang has been a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma since 2000, and a Senior Research Scientist at California Institute of Technology since 2015. Wang is a cosmologist, and the author of the technical book, Dark Energy, published by Wiley-VCH in 2010.