Jorge Cham

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Jorge Cham
Jorge Cham at UIUC by Ragib.jpg
Jorge Cham at UIUC, 2007.
Born Jorge Cham
May 1976
Nationality Flag of Panama.svg Panamanian
Area(s) Webcomics
Notable works
Piled Higher and Deeper
A PhD Comics special on the occasion of Open Access Week 2012.
Jorge Cham at EPFL, 2008

Jorge Gabriel Cham (Spanish: [ˈxorxe]) (born in May 1976) is a Chinese Panamanian cartoonist and roboticist best known for his popular newspaper and web comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics).[1] Cham lives in the United States, where he started drawing PhD Comics as a graduate student at Stanford University. He has since been syndicated in several university newspapers and in four published book collections.[2] He was featured on NPR on December 20, 2010.[3]


Jorge Cham received his Bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech in 1997,[4] and earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.[5] He subsequently worked at Caltech as an instructor and as a researcher on neural prosthetics.[6]

PhD Comics[edit]

In 2005, Cham began an invited speaking tour of over 80 major universities delivering his talk titled "The Power of Procrastination". In this lecture, Cham talks about his experiences creating the comic strip and examines the sources of grad students' anxieties. He also explores the guilt and the myths associated with procrastination and argues that in many cases it is actually a good thing.[7]


  1. ^ The Joke Is on the Ph.D., JAYWON CHOE New York Times, July 22, 2011
  2. ^ "The "Piled Higher and Deeper" Book Collections". Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
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  4. ^ "Pacesetters: Piled High". Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  5. ^ "About PhD Comics". Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Jorge Cham's Research". Retrieved 2006-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Jorge Cham's Speaking Tour". Retrieved 2007-02-26. 

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