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Faces of Science: Chen Ning Yang

Mariana Cook’s book, “Faces of Science,” portrays 77 scientists who have made many of the most important discoveries of our time. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal essay written by the scientists. The portraits in this online series are accompanied by excerpts from those essays. For more information, please visit Mariana Cook’s website:

Chen Ning Yang - Photos and Text ©Mariana Cook “Faces of Science”

Shakespeare likened life to a play of seven acts, of which the seventh and final act

     Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
     Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

I am, fortunately, with teeth, with eyes, with taste, with almost everything, and I have been given the chance to help Tsinghua University to build a research center. Tsinghua University campus is where I had grown up. My life has gone full circle:

     In my beginning is my end,
     In my end is my beginning.

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Mariana Cook

    Photographer Mariana Cook is best known for her intimate characters studies of people both in and out of the public eye. Among those titles are FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS, MOTHERS AND SONS, COUPLES, GENERATIONS OF WOMEN, FACES OF SCIENCE, and MATHEMATICIANS. Her photographs are held in numerous institutional and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. Her website is