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Tung-Yen Lin

Biographical Information

Name: Tung-Yen Lin
Born on 14 November 1912 in Fuzhou, Fujian, China, Asia
Deceased on 15 November 2003 in El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California, USA, North America
Place(s) of activity:
1927

Enters Jiaotong University's Tangshan Engineering College at the age of 14.

1931

Graduates from Jiaotong University's Tangshan Engineering College.

1933

Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

1937

Appointed Chief Engineer for the dsign of the Chongqing – Chengdu Railroad.

1941

Marries Margaret Kao in Kunming.

1946

Returns to U.C. Berkeley as a professor after rebuilding railroad structures in China during wartime.

1953

Uses a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Belgium under Professor Gustave Magnel at the University of Ghent.

1954

Founds T.Y. Lin Associates in Los Angeles which later becomes T.Y. Lin International.

1955

Publication of his book "Design of Prestressed Concrete Structures" which he wrote in the years 1953 to 1954.

1957

Organizes a worldwide conference on prestressed concrete which is held in San Francisco.

1966

Co-authors "Design of Steel Structures".

1967

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

1968

Organizes Inter-Continental Peace Bridge, Inc. a charitable organization to further his 1958 proposal of a bridge crossing the Bering Straits "to foster commerce and understanding between the people of the United States and the Soviet Union".

1976

Receives the Berkeley Citation, one of the University's highest honors. During the same year he retires from the University to work full-time at T.Y. Lin International.

1978

Design proposal for the Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge.

1981

Design for the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco in cooperation with architects Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK).

1986

Receives the National Medal of Science from Presiden Ronald Reagan.

1990

Upon leaving T.Y. Lin International founds Lin Tung-Yen China, which oversees engineering projects in China.

1992

Leaves T.Y. Lin International to found a firm in China.

Notes & Comments

Distinctions:

  • US National Medal of Science
  • FIP Freyssinet Medal
  • Albert Caquot Medal of the AFGC
  • Howard Gold Medal of the ASCE
  • PCI Medal of Honour

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

designer
engineer
structural engineer

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  • About this
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  • Person-ID
    1000339
  • Date created
    06/11/1999
  • Last Update
    22/07/2014