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Chen-Ning Yang

Chen-Ning Franklin Yang
Born (1922-10-01) 1 October 1922
Hefei, Anhui Province, China
Residence China
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields Physics
Institutions Stony Brook University
Institute for Advanced Study
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tsinghua University
University of Chicago
Alma mater National Southwestern Associated University
Tsinghua University
University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Edward Teller
Other academic advisors Enrico Fermi
Doctoral students Bill Sutherland
Alexander Wu Chao 趙午
C. K. Lai 黎振球
Ed Yen 閻愛德
Ben Fan
Known for Parity violation
Yang–Mills theory
Yang–Baxter equation
Byers-Yang theorem
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physics (1957)
Rumford Prize (1980)
National Medal of Science (1986)
Benjamin Franklin Medal (1993)
Albert Einstein Medal (1995)
Bogolyubov Prize (1996)
Lars Onsager Prize (1999)
Spouse Chi-Li Tu (1950–2003)
Fan Weng (2004–present)
Chen-Ning Yang
Traditional Chinese 楊振寧
Simplified Chinese 杨振宁

Chen-Ning Franklin Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨振宁; traditional Chinese: 楊振寧; pinyin: Yáng Zhènníng; Mandarin pronunciation: ; born October 1, 1922),[1] also known as Yang Jhenning, is a Chinese-born American physicist who works on statistical mechanics and particle physics. He and Tsung-dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel prize in physics [2] for their work on parity nonconservation of weak interaction. The two proved theoretically that one of the basic quantum-mechanics laws, the conservation of parity, is violated in the so-called weak nuclear reactions, those nuclear processes that result in the emission of beta or alpha particles.


  • Biography 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Awards 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
    • Citations 5.1
    • Sources 5.2
  • External links 6


Yang was born in Hefei, Anhwei, China; his father, Yang Wu-Chih (楊武之) (1896–1973), was a mathematician, and his mother, Lo Mong-hwa (羅孟華), was a housewife. Yang attended elementary school and high school in [3] and was subsequently awarded from the Boxer Indemnity, a scholarship set up by the United States government using part of the money China had been forced to pay following the Boxer Rebellion. He was delayed for one year, during which time he taught in a middle school as a teacher and studied field theory.

From 1946, Yang studied with Edward Teller (1908–2003) at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in 1948. He remained at the University of Chicago for a year as an assistant to Enrico Fermi. In 1949 he was invited to do his research at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he began a period of fruitful collaboration with Tsung-Dao Lee. He was made a permanent member of the Institute in 1952, and full professor in 1955. In 1963, Princeton University Press published his textbook, Elementary Particles. In 1965 he moved to Stony Brook University, where he was named the Albert Einstein Professor of Physics and the first director of the newly founded Institute for Theoretical Physics. Today this institute is known as the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics.

He retired from Stony Brook University in 1999, assuming the title Emeritus Professor. In 2010, Stony Brook University honored Yang's contributions to the university by naming its newest dormitory building C. N. Yang Hall.[4]

He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academia Sinica, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Princeton University (1958), Moscow State University (1992), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1997).

Yang visited the Chinese mainland in 1971 for the first time after the thaw in China–US relations, and has subsequently made great efforts to help the Chinese physics community rebuild the research atmosphere which was destroyed by the radical political movements during the Cultural Revolution. After retiring from Stony Brook he returned as an honorary director of Tsinghua University, Beijing, where he is the Huang Jibei-Lu Kaiqun Professor at the Center for Advanced Study (CASTU). He also sits on the Board of Adjudicators for the Shaw Prize and is a Distinguished Professor-at-Large at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Personal life

Yang married Chih-li Tu (Chinese: 杜致禮; pinyin: Dù Zhìlǐ), a teacher, in 1950 and has two sons and a daughter with her: Franklin Jr., Gilbert and Eulee. His father-in-law was a Kuomintang Army General Du Yuming who was taken POW at the end of Chinese civil war. First wife Tu died in the winter of 2003. Yang married then 28-year-old Weng Fan (Chinese: 翁帆; pinyin: Wēng Fān) in December 2004.

Yang became a U.S. citizen in 1964. He now resides in China, and he was granted permanent residency in China in 2005.[5]

On Yang's religious views, he is an agnostic.[6]


See also



  1. ^ Bing-An Li, Yuefan Deng. "Biography of C.N. Yang" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-09-11. His birth date was erroneously recorded as September 22, 1922 in his 1945 passport. He has since used this incorrect date on all subsequent official documents. 
  2. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1957". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Nobel Prize Web site". Retrieved 2014-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: New Dorm Likely to Honor Nobel Laureate". 2010-03-18. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  5. ^ """Chinese "Green Card. China Central Television. 2005-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  6. ^ Jesse Hong Xiong (2009). "Seven". The Outline of Parapsychology. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 322.  
  7. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement in the Sciences Recipients".  


  • Yang, C.N. (1952) [1952]. Special problems of statistical mechanics. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. ASIN B0007FZHH4. 
  • Lee, T. D. and C. N. Yang. "Elementary Particles and Weak Interactions," Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), United States Department of Energy (through predecessor agency the Atomic Energy Commission), (1957).
  • Yang, C. N. "The Many Body Problem. Physics Monographs No. 6," Rio de Janeiro. Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, (1960).
  • Yang, C.N. (1963) [1961]. `Elementary Particles: A Short History of Some Discoveries in Atomic Physics. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ASIN B000E1CBGG. 
  • Yang, C. N. "Mathematical Deductions from Some Rules Concerning High-Energy Total Cross Sections," Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), United States Department of Energy (through predecessor agency the Atomic Energy Commission), (1962).
  • Yang, C. N. "Symmetry Principles In Physics. Brookhaven Lecture Series Number 50," Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), United States Department of Energy (through predecessor agency the Atomic Energy Commission), (October 13, 1965).
  • Yang, C.N. (1983) [1983]. Selected papers 1945-1980, with commentary (Chen Ning Yang). San Francisco: W.H. Freeman.  
  • "C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP)". Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  • Yang, C.N. (1983), Selected Papers 1945-1980, With Commentary, W.H. Freeman & Company,  

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