It is commonly heard that university professors die from overwork because they spend too much time teaching and doing research. Professor Guan-Liang Chang (張冠諒), a giant in the educational field of biomedical engineering as well as a distinguished professor of the Institute Biomedical Engineering, despite of his cancer, still strove hard to teach. Unfortunately, Chang, 59, passed away at NCKU Hospital in the evening on March 3rd, 2008, when his wife, daughter and many students were by his side. Professor Chang left us so suddenly that the NCKU faculty and students were grief-stricken. Chang’s memorial service is scheduled for March 15 (Saturday), 10 am at Chi-De Hall (至德廳) at Tainan Funeral Parlor.
Professor Chang had taught at NCKU on and off for over 20 years. He used to serve as the Dean of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, NCKU, Director General of the Department of Life Sciences, NSC, Director General of Biomedical Engineering Society and Member of International Biomedical Engineering League (國際醫工聯盟). He was even presented with Han-Wei Medal (韓偉獎章), the highest honor of the Biomedical Engineering Society, which proves that his contribution to the development of medical engineering in Taiwan was remarkable and notable. He had produced numerous outstanding students and had a prevailing influence on them. Some of his doctoral students are also working in the educational field, keeping his dreams of education alive.
Professor Chang was diagnosed as having bile duct cancer at the end of 2006. The preliminary symptoms were not noticeable, so the transmission of the cancer cells was not found until the terminal stage. Still, he recovered well after three major surgeries because he had always held optimistic attitude and had strengths from his religious belief. Responsible as he had always been, he returned to work right after his surgeries and continued to teach and do research. Sadly, the cancer cells were found transmitted again at the end of 2007, and he passed away several days ago.
Professor Chang always did research seriously, devoted himself to education and cared very much about his students’ learning and lives, so he was deeply loved and admired by his students. Many of them still came back to NCKU to visit him even when they had graduated for years. The tragic death of Professor Chang is not only a pain for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, but a serious loss to the educational field of biomedical engineering.
Professor Chang received his bachelor’s degree of civil engineering from NCKU, his M.S. of bio-engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in Bio-engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He used to serve as Director and Professor of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, NCKU, and Research Associate of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh. His specialties lie in biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering and experimental medicine.
The news is provided courtesy of the E-newsletter of 7 March 2008 issued by NCKU News Center. It was translated by Edward Wang