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Ching-Liang Lin was born in Okayama, Takao, Empire of Japan back in 193.  She graduated from the Kaohsiung Municipal Girls’ Senior High School.  After graduation, she enrolled in the University of Tokyo where she graduated with a doctorate in physics in 1966.  She returned to Taiwan in 1970 where she was asked to create a physics department at Soowchow University.

The same year she married Feng and the couple left around 1972 to the United States where they worked at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1981-83 she became a professor of physics at the National Taiwan University.  During that time an audit of the department was arranged and it was found that a radioactive source that was meant to be stored safely was missing.  She stepped down from her management role and continued to teach for an additional 20 years.  she died in 2019, she was 88.

What you may not know about Ching is that she was the first woman to be head of the National Taiwan University department of physics.

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... did they ever figure out who took the radioactive material? As you know, I love reading about accomplished women.

Jun 14, 2021 04:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I wonder, is that the reason that she stepped down from her position.

Jun 14, 2021 05:15 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like she must have been a very intelligent woman and hopefully, everything that she did was done with good things in mind.

Jun 14, 2021 05:35 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - there seems to be some mysteries(perhaps unsolvable) in your post that may be right for a book or a movie.  

Jun 14, 2021 05:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ching had a great mind and shared her talents with others. First was the outcome of her dedication. Enjoy your day.

Jun 14, 2021 05:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning James and thank you for a wonderful biography to start our day with

Jun 14, 2021 06:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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What a great story of a very accomplished woman.  And who took the radioactive material...It is still a mystery and a good plot for a book or film.  A

Jun 14, 2021 06:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - The mystery of the radioactive material may never be solved. Hopefully, it was used for a good purpose, but somehow I doubt it!

Jun 14, 2021 07:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 14, 2021 09:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James Dray and another great history lesson to share with us here in the Rain.  make it a great day!


Jun 14, 2021 09:40 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

She seemed to have a very interesting life. I wonder if they ever found the radioactive source?

Jun 14, 2021 09:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I think we're all wondering who took the radioactive material. 

Jun 14, 2021 10:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have to agree that  Ching-Liang Lin was a very accomplished woman James Dray 

Jun 14, 2021 08:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

She was certainly a very accomplished woman. I wonder if the mystery about the radioactive material will ever be resolved?

Jun 14, 2021 09:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, love it U Mass Amhearst, we might have eaten in the same restaurants and had no idea:)Endre

Jun 14, 2021 10:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, James.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 15, 2021 06:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James hope all is well you skipped a day?? out of character, Endre

Jun 15, 2021 11:06 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Love to hear of  women in interesting scientific roles and responsibilities. 

Jun 16, 2021 09:05 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

Another interesting woman with an amazing life. Too bad she had to take the fall for the missing materials.

Jul 02, 2021 05:52 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The instant that I read the word “physics” I know you were writing about a very smart lady.

Oct 23, 2021 04:52 PM