About This Lecture

Tsinghua University Chia-Chiao Lin Distinguished Lecture was established in 2011 by Mathematical Sciences Center, Tsinghua University to memorialize the pioneering achievement of Chia-Chiao Lin in applied mathematics. The lectureship is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the advancement of applied mathematics. The recipient will deliver a public lecture at Tsinghua University. The award includes round-trip travel to Beijing, a citation and a cash prize.

Chia-Chiao Lin

Chia-Chiao LinChia-Chiao Lin, of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, was born in Beijing on July 7, 1916. In 1937, he graduated from Tsinghua University Department of Physics, and then served as teaching assistant there. In 1940 he went abroad to University of Toronto, Canada for a further study and obtained a master degree in 1941. In 1944 he graduated with a doctor degree from California Institute of Technology and since 1947, he undertook associate professor, professor, institute professor and emeritus professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the National Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1951, and joined the US National Academy of Sciences in 1962. In 1994, he was elected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Tsinghua University invited him as an honorary professor in 1979, awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1987, and employed him as a distinguished professor in November 2001. In August of 2002, Chia-Chiao Lin settled in China and was appointed honorary director of Zhou Peiyuan Center for Applied Mathematics, Tsinghua University. In January 2013, Prof. Chia-Chiao Lin died in Beijing, aged 97.

Professor Lin is internationally recognized authority in mechanics and applied mathematics. From 1940s, his work in stability of parallel flows and in theory of turbulence fluid motivated a generation's research and exploration. From the 1960s, he entered the study of astrophysics, founded the well-known spiral density wave theory, conquered the problem which puzzled astronomers for decades. In applied mathematics, his contribution is particularly important in the development of method of analytical characteristic line and WKBJ method. In mathematics, his most outstanding contribution is his proof of the existence theorem of the differential equation, and he completely solved the long-term controversy in Heisenberg’s paper. He is an outstanding leader of contemporary applied mathematics.

Professor Lin had served as chairman of the Committee of Applied Mathematics of American Mathematical Society, president of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He won the Timoshenko Medal from the American of Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Academy of Sciences Awards in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, and Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society.