Stephen S. Chang
Stephen Szu Shiang Chang (15 August 1918 – 16 December 1996) was a Chinese-born American food scientist who was involved in the research of lipids and flavors in food, including the development of technology transfer between the United States and Taiwan.
Born in China, Chang received his B.S. degree in 1941 from the National Jinan University in Shanghai before emigrating to the United States in 1947. He then earned his M.S. degree in organic chemistry in 1949 at Kansas State University and his Ph.D. in food science in 1952 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He married his wife Lucy the same year he earned his Ph.D., and worked several years in the food industry before joining the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1960.
At Rutgers, Chang eventually rose to the position of Department Chair, where he served from 1977 to 1986. Writing over 100 research papers and earning 15 patents, he retired from teaching in 1988. He was also active in the American Oil Chemists' Society, Chinese American Food Society (CAFS) (President: 1975-6), and the Institute of Food Technologists.
After his retirement, Chang worked as a consultant in the food industry and was involved in the successful technology transfer of food science with both China and Taiwan. He and his wife Lucy also established awards in Chang's honor both at the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Chang died in 1996. His papers were donated to the library at Rutgers.
Honors and awards
- AOCS Alton E. Bailey Award - 1974
- AOCS Supelco/Nicholas Pelik - AOCS research - 1979
- AOCS Stephen S. Chang Award - First awarded in 1991
- CAFS Professional Achievement Award - 1983 (First award winner)
- IFT Fellow - 1974
- IFT Nicholas Appert Award - 1983
- IFT International Award - 1989
- IFT Stephen S. Chang Award for Lipid or Flavor Science - First awarded in 1993
- The Chang Science Library was established in 1995 at Rutgers at the first floor of Foran Hall at Cook College to support research in agriculture, aquaculture, food science, ecology, and environmental science.
- Biography on Stephen S. and Lucy Chang
- Rutgers University Chang library description
- Rutgers University papers on Stephen S. and Lucy Chang: 1933-2001
- Chinese American Food Society award winners
- Chinese American Food Society past presidents
- American Oil Chemists Society Alton E. Bailey Award
- American Oil Chemists Society Supelco/Nicholas Pelik Award
- American Oil Chemists Society Stephen S. Chang Award
- Institute of Food Technologists award winners
- Institute of Food Technologists Fellows
- 1918 births
- 1996 deaths
- American food scientists
- Chinese food scientists
- Fellows of the Institute of Food Technologists
- Kansas State University alumni
- People from Champaign County, Illinois
- People from Manhattan, Kansas
- People from New Jersey
- Rutgers University faculty
- Jinan University alumni
- University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences alumni
- Educators from Shanghai
- Scientists from Shanghai
- Chinese emigrants to the United States