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Chia Chiao Lin
Chia Chiao Lin
Born(1916-07-07)7 July 1916
Peking, China
Died13 January 2013(2013-01-13) (aged 96)
Beijing, China
NationalityUnited States[1]
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
University of Toronto
National Tsinghua University
Known forHydrodynamic stability
turbulent flow
AwardsFluid Dynamics Prize (1979)
Timoshenko Medal (1975)
Otto Laporte Award (1973)
Scientific career
FieldsApplied Mathematics
InstitutionsCaltech
Brown University
MIT
ThesisInvestigations on the Theory of Turbulence (1944)
Doctoral advisorTheodore von Kármán
Doctoral studentsPhyllis Fox
Lee Segel
Frank Shu
David Benney
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Chia-Chiao Lin (Chinese: ; 7 July 1916 - 13 January 2013) was a Chinese-born American applied mathematician and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]

Lin made major contributions to the theory of hydrodynamic stability, turbulent flow, mathematics, and astrophysics.

Biography

Lin was born in Beijing with ancestral roots in Fuzhou. In 1937 Lin graduated from the department of physics, National Tsinghua University in Beijing.

After graduation he was a teaching assistant in the Tsinghua University physics department. In 1939 Lin won a Boxer Indemnity Scholarship and was initially supported to study in the United Kingdom. However, due to World War II, Lin and several others were sent to North America by ship. Unluckily, Lin's ship was stopped in Kobe, Japan, and all students had to return to China.

In 1940, Lin finally reached Canada and studied at the University of Toronto from which he earned his M.Sc. In 1941.[] Lin continued his studies in the United States and received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1944 under Theodore von Kármán. His PhD thesis provided a analytic method to solve a problem in the stability of parallel shearing flows, which was the subject of Werner Heisenberg's PhD thesis.[3]

Lin also taught at Caltech between 1943 and 1945. He taught at Brown University between 1945 and 1947. Lin joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947. Lin was promoted to professor at MIT in 1953 and became an Institute Professor of MIT in 1963. He was President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics from 1972 to 1974.[4] Lin retired from MIT in 1987.

In 2002, he moved back to China and helped found the Zhou Pei-Yuan Center for Applied Mathematics (ZCAM) at Tsinghua University. He died in Beijing in 2013, aged 96.

Honors and awards

During his career Lin has received many prizes and awards, including:

Lin was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, cited in the American Men and Women of Science. and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lin was elected Academician of Academia Sinica in 1958, and became a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1994.

References

  1. ^ "Chia Chiao Lin (American astronomer) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia: "The American astronomers Chia-Chiao Lin and Frank H. Shu showed that a spiral shape is a natural result of any large-scale disturbance of the density distribution of stars in a galactic disk. When the interaction of the..."". Britannica Online Encyclopedia. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ ? ? (in Chinese). Tsinghua University. 2013-01-13. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Chia-Chiao Lin (1916 - 2013) | American Astronomical Society". aas.org. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics records
  5. ^ "Fluid Dynamics Prize". Amperican Physical Society. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "NAS Award in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis". U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Timoshenko Medal". American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Award". California Institute of Technology. Retrieved .

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