Ting Chen

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Ting Chen
Ting Chen DSCF0088.JPG
Former Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
In office
July 10, 2010 – July 12, 2012
Preceded by Michael Snow
Succeeded by Kat Walsh
Personal details
Born (1968-01-29) January 29, 1968 (age 47)
Shanghai, China
Residence Mainz, Germany[citation needed]
Audio interview with Ting Chen, on his election as a Wikimedia Trustee, recorded June 2008

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Ting Chen (Chinese: 陈霆; pinyin: Chén Tíng) was the fourth chair of the Wikimedia Foundation. He was born in 1968, Shanghai, China.[1]


He grew up in Harbin and completed his primary and secondary education there. In 1989, he studied electrical engineering at Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany, and graduated in 1993. At this time, he was interested in semiconductors and their physical principles.[1]


While at university, Cheng first made contact with the virtual community and managed a forum on FidoNet for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.[1] In 2003, he first heard of Wikipedia and Wikimedia from an article in a newspaper about German Wikipedia.[citation needed] Since then editing Wikipedia has been his hobby. He originally started editing the German Wikipedia, but soon changed his focus to the Chinese Wikipedia.[citation needed]

Chen took part in the first Wikimania, which took place in Frankfurt in 2005; and he instructed the Chinese Wikipedia Community. He also made an appearance at the Taipei Wikimania. He was chair of the Wikimedia Foundation from July 2010 to July 2012.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "陈霆 (Chen Ting)". 中国企业网 China Enterprise Network (http://www.qiye.gov.cn/). Retrieved 23 November 2014.  (Chinese)
  2. ^ 华裔出任维基媒体基金会理事主席 (in Chinese). 维基媒体香港. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ The Wikimedia Foundation Seeks Links with Confucius Institute at KU
  4. ^ Wikipedia celebrated 10th anniversary at SU
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Michael Snow
Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
July 10, 2010 – July 12, 2012
Succeeded by
Kat Walsh