Mr. Chang was a translator and interpreter at a number of organizations, later was mainly known as a lawyer.
Chang Nieh-yun was born in Hsin An Hsien, Kwangtung, China in 1877.
Mr. Chang studied English at Government Central School (later Victoria College) in Hongkong and finished his preparatory education in Shanghai Public School. He studied law at Soochow University law school and graduated in 1918.
After serving in the Chinese Maritime Customs, as translator in one of the foreign consulates and on the staffs of the Shanghai Mercury, Universal Gazette, Sinwanpao and other papers Chang Nieh-yun became Chinese secretary to the China Syndicate in 1902.
In 1907 he hold the post of a sub-editor on the Nanfangpao and concurrently an interpreter and translator to W. V. Drummond, law officer to the Viceroy at Nanking and Taotai of Shanghai. Mr. Chang admitted to practice in the Mixed Court in 1919. Between 1919 and 1930 he served as translator sergeant in the Shanghai Volunteer Corps.
Mr. Chang also actively cooperated as an adviser with the following organizations: the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, Chinese Red Cross Society, Chapei Bureau of Works and Taxes, Antikidnapping Society, Chapei Fire Brigades Association. Chang Nieh-yun was a member of the Chinese Education Committee and General Educational Commission, Shanghai Municipal Council in 1922.
He served as a Chinese legal assistant and Assistant Police Advocate S.M.C. (some time 1927). Lieutenant (hon.) of Interpreters Coy., S.V.C. in 1932.
Since 1927 he was in private law practice.