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Samuel Ting
Nobel Prize Winner Samuel C.C. Ting


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Samuel C.C. Ting Bio

Early Background
Samuel C.C. Ting was born on 27 January 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA., where his parents, Professor K.H. Ting and Professor T.Y. (Jeanne) Wang Ting, were students at the University of Michigan. His family returned to China a few months later.

Education
Ting received his elementary and secondary education in China, during the 1936-1956 period. He excelled in mathematics, science and history. In 1956, Ting returned to the United States to attend the University of Michigan as an engineering student, but he soon transferred his major to physics.

Higher Education
1959: Awarded BSE (in physics) and BSE (in mathematics) from the University of Michigan
1962: Awarded Ph.D. (in physics) from the University of Michigan.

Academic and Research Position
In 1963, Ting was granted a Ford Foundation Fellowship to work at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. He returned to the United States in 1964 to become an instructor at Columbia University in New York. In 1966, he became the leader of an experimental group at the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany. In 1969, he was appointed Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 1977 he was selected as the first recipient of the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professorship at MIT.

Major Awards
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975
Member of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, in 1975
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by the U.S. Government in 1976
Nobel Prize in Physics awarded in 1976
Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1977
Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977
The Eringen Medal awarded by the Society of Engineering Science in 1977
Foreign Member of the Pakistani Academy of Sciences in 1984
DeGasperi Award in Science, by the Government of Italy in 1988
Golden Leopard Award for Excellence, by the town of Taormina, Italy, in 1988
Gold Medal for Science by the city of Brescia, Italy, 1988
Foreign Member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1989
Foreign Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1993
Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1994
Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1995
Member Deutsche Akademie Der Naturforscher Leopoldina in 1996
NASA Public Service Award, USA, in 2001.

Doctor Honoris Causa
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A., 1978
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1987
University of Bologna, Italy, 1988
Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., 1990
University of Science and Technology, China, 1990
Moscow State University, Moscow, 1991
University of Bucharest, Romania, 1993
Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2002
National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, 2003.

1936 Born, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
1936-1956 Early education in China. Returned to the United States in 1956 to attend the University of Michigan.
1959 BSE (physics and mathematics), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1962 Ph.D. in physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1963 Ford Fellow at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland
1965 Instructor, Columbia University, New York
1966 Group Leader, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg
1969 Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1970 Associate Editor, Nuclear Physics B.
1975 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1975 Foreign Member, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
1976 Recipient of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the U.S. Government
1976 Nobel Prize in Physics
1977 Member of the Editorial Board, Nuclear Instruments and Methods
1977 Member, National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.
1977 Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor, M.I.T., Cambridge
1977 Eringen Medal, Society of Engineering Science
1978 Sc.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1980 Member of the Editorial Board, Mathematical Modeling
1984 Foreign Member, Pakistani Academy of Sciences
1987 Dr. Honoris Causa, Chinese University of Hong Kong
1988 DeGasperi Award in Science, by the Government of Italy
1988 Golden Leopard Award for Excellence, Taormina, Italy
1988 Gold Medal for Science, Brescia, Italy
1988 Dr. Honoris Causa, University of Bologna, Italy
1989 Foreign Member, Soviet Academy of Sciences
1990 Dr. Honoris Causa, Columbia University, New York, USA
1990 Dr. Honoris Causa,, University of Science and Technology, China
1991 Dr. Honoris Causa, State University of Moscow, USSR
1993 Dr. Honoris Causa, University of Bucharest, Romania
1993 Foreign Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1994 Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1995 Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
1996 Member Deutsche Akademie Der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Halle, Germany
2001 NASA Public Service Medal.
2002 Dr. Honoris Causa,, Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
2003 Dr. Honoris Causa, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan.

Professor Samuel C. C. Ting Contact Information
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laboratory for Nuclear Science
51 Vassar Street, #44-020
Cambridge, MA 02139

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