Name of AAPI FigureSamuel C. C. Ting
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Chinese
Area of InfluenceAcademic/Science
Date of birth or time period27-Jan-36
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Samuel C. C. Ting is a Chinese American who studies particle physics. He is famous for his discovery of the J particle, which was a new, totally unpredicted, heavy particle. Because of this discovery, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976. He later also worked on a new project, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to try to find antimatter and learn where it came from. AMS was launched on Space Shuttle Endeavour on May 16, 2011. On May 8, 2017: 100 Billion particles measured! AMS results, based on nine years in space and more than 145 billion cosmic rays, have changed our understanding of the cosmos. The AMS project is still going on right now. . .
How does this person inspire you?Samuel C. C. Ting inspires me because: – We both live in Lexington – Only 13 Chinese people won the Nobel Prize and he is one of them – He is 85 but still working at MIT as a professor because he loves his work – I want to discover something new as well!
Submitted byAndrew Zhao
City, StateLexington