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Samuel Chao Chung Ting (born 1936) (丁肇中 pinyin: Dīng Zhozhōng) was a Michigan-born Chinese American physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 1976 for the discovery of the subatomic J particle[?] with Burton Richter[?].

Because the Ting family moved to the warring China when he was an infant, Samuel Ting's formal childhood education had been discontinuous and sporadic, and were mostly home-schooled by his parents: Kuan-hai Ting (丁觀海) (ancestry of Shizhao County (日照縣), Shandong) and Tsun-ying Jeanne Wang (王雋英), both of whom were professors (of science and psychology respectively) of the National Taiwan University educated in China and the USA. His formal education began at 12 at Chien-kuo Middle School (建國中學 Jangu) in Taipei, Taiwan, and studied one year in National Cheng Kung University (成功大學 Chnggōng), Tainan City[?].

When he returned to the USA in his 20s, Samuel Ting studied engineering, mathematics and physics in the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Science degree in 1960, and two years later, the Doctoral degree. In 1963, he worked in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (now CERN). He later taught in Columbia University, and worked in Deutches Elektronen-Synchrotron of Germany. Since 1969, he has been a professor of MIT.

He gave acceptance speech of his Nobel in Mandarin Chinese. Although there had been Chinese recipients before (Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang), none offered speech in any of the Chinese languages until he did. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of experimental work equalling that of the theoretical work.

He was married to _?__ with two daughters (Jeanne and Amy), and has been married to Dr. Susan Carol Marks since 1985, and has one son (Christopher).

The Chinese part of his English name, Chao Chung, is in Wade-Giles (Chao⁴-chung).

External links

  • Autobiography (http://www.nobel.se/physics/laureates/1976/ting-autobio)
  • BBC bio (http://www.pbs.org/becomingamerican/ap_pjourneys_bio2)

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