【6/16/2021】CAPA-NoVA Distinguished Chinese American Project

(Introducer: Xinyi Ma)

张明觉 (Min Chueh Chang) (1908-1991) was a Chinese-American reproductive biologist. His specific area of study was the fertilisation process in mammalian reproduction. He was best known to the world for his contribution to the development of the combined oral contraceptive pill at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology.  He helped to revolutionize the birth control movement.

Chang was born in the village of Dunhòu, China.  In 1933, he earned a degree in animal psychology from Tsing Hua University and in 1941, he was awarded a PhD in animal breeding at Cambridge University.  By 1951 Chang had moved to the United States, was residing in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and working at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology.

相关阅读:  林璎(Maya Lin)

Throughout his career Chang made a number of important scientific discoveries that influenced a number of technologies including the oral contraceptive pill and in vitro fertilization. Chang received numerous awards for his contributions including: the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1954, the Ortho Medal and Award by the American Fertility Society in 1961, the Hartman Award by the Society for the Study of Fertility in 1971, the Wippman Scientific Research Award by Planned Parenthood in 1987, and he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1990. After years of dedication to his work, Chang died on 5 June 1991 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

相关阅读:  丁懋英(Me-Iung Ting)

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