BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 3 Issue 3 - January 25, 2008
Committee on Memorial Services for Academician Wu Jin, NCKU
Silhouette of the Minister’s Grandeur -- In Our Memory, He Will Forever Live
Yonhua Tzeng
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Tainan, Taiwan Invites You to the Second Global “Institute of Innovations and Advanced Studies (IIAS)” Workshop to Be Held Jointly with the NSC-NSF Workshop on Simulation Based Engineering & Science with a Series of Scientific and Educational Events in February 2008
Article Digest
Hao-Jen Huang
How do Plants Sense Heavy Metal Pollutants?
S. J. Wang
High-Temperature Stable HfLaON p-MOSFETs With High-Work-Function Ir3Si Gate
Pao-Shan Yu
Real-time probabilistic forecasting of flood stages
Hui-Tzu Min
Impact of Procedualized Peer Review Training on Revision Quality
Article Digest
LihChyun Shu
Design and Evaluation of a Low-Latency Checkpointing Scheme for Mobile Computing Systems
H. Sunny Sun
Microsatellite in the 3’ untranslated region of human fibroblast growth factor 9 (FGF9) gene exhibits pleiotropic effect on modulating FGF9 protein expression
Shu-Hui Chen
High Sensitive Microfluidic Chips for Estrogen-Related Protein Binding
News Release
NCKU Professor Chi-Chuan Hwang Captures the Moment of a Femto Second-- The Pulse Process of Femto Second Laser Can Improve the Accuracy With Ultra Precision For Machining and Biomedical Microsurgery
Seminar with Academician Daniel C. Tsui, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physics
Editorial Group
Silhouette of the Minister’s Grandeur -- In Our Memory, He Will Forever Live

The deceased Minister Wu Jin (吳京) was a passionate, professional, and energetic man. He was also known as the locomotive of education and the king of ideas. Academician Wu was born in Nanjing, China in 1934. He was a descendant of the Village of Wu, Dongkan, Funing County, Jiangsu (江蘇省阜寧縣東崁, 吳家集). His solemn and kind father was known as Gentleman of Xiangshan (湘山公). His father earned his BA in Political Economics from National Central University and held office in the Social Department of the Government. He came to Taiwan with the Government in 1949 and was hired by Taiwan Provincial Taitung Teachers School (省立台東師範) as a teacher and Dean of Academic Affairs. Wu’s mother, Mrs. Chen Ai-fang (陳愛芳), was from a celebrated family in Zhenjiang (鎮江). She graduated from Women’s Normal University (女子高師) and was a teacher at the Affiliated Elementary School of Taiwan Provincial Taitung Teachers School. Wu’s parents devoted their lives to education and cultivated countless students. As the oldest son in the family, the Minister bore in mind his parents’ teachings and set a very good example to his two brothers, Hai (海) and Yu (渝). He grew up during a time of war. His hometown, Jiangsu, was on the frontier of the battle when China was fighting against Japan, so he experienced firsthand the sorrow and horrors of war. The Minister was very thankful for his parents, for his education was never interrupted even though wars broke out everywhere. He was even once accommodated by a teacher who lived in the backwater of Hunan.

An unexpected incident deeply influenced the aspirations of the Minister. When victory of the war was won, the teenaged Minister witnessed the glamour of warships sailing into Nanjing Bay, thus began his fascination with the ocean. In 1949, he came from Nanjing to Taiwan with his parents and continued his studies at Taitung Senior High School. He never suffered from the “pressures” of the college entrance exam. Instead, his high school years were full of fond memories, particularly his passion for sports. When he graduated from senior high school, he ranked number one for the entrance exam of the Naval Academy and was also accepted to the Department of Civil Engineering of National Cheng Kung University. Following his parents’ advice, he chose NCKU.

Because of that wonderful decision, he met his future wife, Chang Tsi-jun (張紫君), who was automatically accepted into the Department of Chemical Engineering. He graduated in the summer of 1956, the first year when the school was officially renamed as National Cheng Kung University. He then served as an officer of the fifth reserve and spent a year and a half in the Navy General Headquarters. When he was done with his military service, he was hired by his alma mater and became a teacher of physics and physical education at Taitung Senior High School. A year after that, he gained a full scholarship to University of Iowa where he received his PhD in Mechanics and Hydraulics in 1964.

His girlfriend at the time, Tsi-jun, graduated from NCKU in 1958 and went to study in the United States before the Minister did. It was a six-hour drive between the schools they attended, yet despite the distance their relationship persevered and they finally got married on the 9th of September, 1961 after many years of courtship. His wife went on to pursue her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Iowa after she acquired her Master’s of Chemistry from University of Minnesota. She became a researcher at the National Cancer Center of the National Health Institute; much of her work is published in American scientific journals.

They have three sons. The first child, Mr. Wu Hua-de (吳華德), graduated from John Hopkins University and is now a senior doctor on the Liver Medical Team of Caesar Health Medical Company in Los Angeles (凱撒健康醫學公司肝臟醫療團隊). His wife, Liao Nai-ying (廖乃瑩), received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. She used to work for Intel. They have two children. Their son Tai-jie (泰頡) and daughter Ting-hui (亭慧) are in the 4th and 1st grade, respectively. Minister Wu’s second child, Mr. Hua-tzong (華宗), earned his PhD in Political Economics from Stanford. He is now working as a Financial Consultant and Planner at EHS in L.A. The third child, Mr. Hua-wei (華維), earned his PhD in Physics from University of Pennsylvania. He is now an Associate Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University (北卡羅萊納州立中央大學). His wife, Mrs. Kuo Han-yu (郭漢瑜), BA of Computer Science, runs a computer graphic designing company. They have two daughters, Ting-hsuan (亭萱) and Ting-tzen (亭禎). The former one is a third-grader, and the latter is only three years old. It is indeed a prosperous and happy family.

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