|Chia Chiao Lin|
7 July 1916|
|Died||13 January 2013
Brown University (1945-1947)
|Alma mater||California Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, Tsinghua University|
|Doctoral advisor||Theodore von Kármán|
|Known for||Hydrodynamic stability
|Notable awards||Fluid Dynamics Prize 1979
Timoshenko Medal 1975
Otto Laporte Award 1973
Lin was born in Beijing, China. In 1937 Lin graduated from the department of physics, Tsinghua University in Beijing. After graduation Lin did assistant teaching in the Tsinghua University physics department. In 1939 Lin joined the Boxer Rebellion Indemnity Scholarship Program and initially was supported to study in the United Kingdom. However, due to the furious warfare of World War II, Lin and the other several 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. In 1941 Lin earned his M.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
Lin continued his studies in the United States and received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1944 under Theodore von Kármán. 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. Lin retired from MIT in 1987.
Honors and awards
During his career Lin has received many prizes and awards, including:
- The first Fluid Dynamics Prize (from the American Physical Society, in 1979),
- The 1976 NAS Award in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis,
- The 1975 Timoshenko Medal,
- The 1973 Otto Laporte Award
- Caltech's Distinguished Alumni Award.
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.
He died, aged 96, in Beijing.
- "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. 2006-12-9. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
- "著名科学家林家翘逝世 胡和平前往吊唁" (in Chinese). Tsinghua University. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
- Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics records
- "Fluid Dynamics Prize". Amperican Physical Society. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "NAS Award in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis". U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Timoshenko Medal". American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- "Distinguished Alumni Award". California Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
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