Former SIAM President Chia-Chiao Lin, who held the office from 1972-74, has passed away at the age of 97. Dr. Lin also served on the SIAM Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1980.
Tsinghua University, where he had been a Distinguished Professor since 2002, announced that Dr. Lin died in Beijing on the morning of January 13, 2013. The family identified heart failure as the cause of death.
An internationally renowned authority in mechanics and applied mathematics, Dr. Lin’s initial research in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics stability and turbulence greatly influenced the field of fluid flow. His later research interests focused on hydrodynamics of superfluid helium and astrophysics. He is well known for the book, “Mathematics Applied to Deterministic Problems,” which he co-authored with Lee Segel, and which was re-published by SIAM as a classic.
Dr. Lin was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foreign Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, and was twice named a Guggenheim Fellow through his distinguished career. He received the Award in Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis from the National Academy of Sciences in 1977 and was the first recipient of the Fluid Dynamic Prize of the American Physical Society in 1979. He spent three decades at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named an Institute Professor, the institute’s most prestigious faculty appointment.
Through his groundbreaking research and service to the community, Dr. Lin played a pioneering role in the development of the applied mathematics field in the United States and China.
Please read a detailed obituary on the MIT news site.
Several tributes to Dr. Lin have also been published in blogs of leading Chinese universities, including an obituary in Sciencenet news.