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Yuan-Cheng Fung

Yuan-Cheng Fung
Born (1919-09-15) September 15, 1919
Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Bioengineering
Institutions Caltech
Alma mater Nanjing University
Doctoral advisor Ernest Sechler
Known for Bioengineering
Notable awards von Karman Medal (1976)
Otto Laporte Award (1977)
Timoshenko Medal (1991)
National Medal of Science (2000)
Jordan Allen Medal (1991)
Russ Prize (2007)

Yuan-Cheng "Bert" Fung (born 1919) is an American bioengineer and scientist. He is regarded as a founding figure of bioengineering, tissue engineering, and the "Founder of Modern Biomechanics".[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Research 2
    • Fung's Law 2.1
  • Honors and awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Fung was born in Jiangsu Province, China in 1919. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 and a master's degree in 1943 from the National Central University (later renamed Nanjing University in mainland China and reinstated in Taiwan), and earned a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1948.

Fung currently is Professor Emeritus and Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He published prominent texts along with Pin Tong who was then at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.


He is the author of numerous books including Foundations of Solid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, and a series of books on Biomechanics. He is also one of the principal founders of the Journal of Biomechanics and was a past chair of the

  • Classical and Computational Solid Mechanics [1]
  • Profile at UCSD
  • Y.C. Fung, Mechanics of Man, Acceptance Speech for the Timoshenko Medal.
  • YC Fung Young Investigator Award
  • YC Fung: A Scientific Giant and a Kind Man (pdf)
  • Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics: In Honor of The 90th Birthday of Professor Yuan Cheng Fung

External links

  1. ^ YC “Bert” Fung: The Father of Modern Biomechanics (pdf)
  2. ^ Chuong,C.J. and Y.C. Fung (1986). "On Residual Stress in Arteries". Journal of Biomechanics 108 (2): 189–192.  
  3. ^ Fung, Y.-C. (1993). Biomechanics: Mechanical Properties of Living Tissues. New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 568.  
  4. ^ Humphrey, Jay D. (2003). The Royal Society, ed. "Continuum biomechanics of soft biological tissues" (PDF). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A 459 (2029): 3–43.  
  6. ^ The International Society of Biorheology: Yuan-Cheng Fung, 1986 Recipient of the Jean-Leonard-Marie Poiseuille Award
  8. ^ Recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize


Fung was elected to the United States National Academy of Science (1993), the National Academy of Engineering (1979), the Institute of Medicine (1991), the Academia Sinica (1968), and is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1994 election).

  • Theodore von Karman Medal, 1976
  • Otto Laporte Award, 1977
  • Worcester Reed Warner Medal, 1984 [5]
  • Jean-Leonard-Marie Poiseuille Award, 1986[6]
  • Timoshenko Medal, 1991
  • Lissner Award for Bioengineering, from ASME
  • Borelli Medal, from ASB
  • Landis Award, from Microcirculation Society
  • Alza Award, from BMES
  • Melville Medal, 1994 [7]
  • United States National Academy of Engineering Founders Award (NAE Founders Award), 1998
  • National Medal of Science, 2000
  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, 2007 ("for the characterization and modeling of human tissue mechanics and function leading to prevention and mitigation of trauma.")[8]

Honors and awards

quadratic forms of Green-Lagrange strains E_{ij} and a_{ijkl}, b_{ijkl} and c material constants.[3] w is a strain energy function per volume unit, which is the mechanical strain energy for a given temperature. Materials that follow this law are known as Fung-elastic.[4]

q=a_{ijkl}E_{ij}E_{kl} \qquad Q=b_{ijkl}E_{ij}E_{kl}


w = \frac{1}{2}\left[q + c\left( e^Q -1 \right) \right]

Fung's famous exponential strain constitutive equation for preconditioned soft tissues is

Fung's Law


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