Graduate National National Chung-Hsing University University University, Taiwan, China, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University Toronto, Canada, 1968.
Research fellow Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, 1968-1970. Biologist University of California at Los Angeles, 1971-1974. Assistant professor biology University Maryland, Baltimore County, 1974-1977, associate professor, 1977-1982, professor, 1982-1986, acting chairman department, 1982-1984, associate dean arts and science, 1985-1986, professor botany College Park, 1986-1993.
Acting director University Maryland Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, 1986-1988, director, 1988-1993. Acting provost Maryland Biotechnology Institute, 1989-1991. Dean school science Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1991-1992, vice president for academy affairs, 1992-1998.
Professor emeritus University Maryland, since 1993, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, since 2001. President Shandong United University, 2004—2007. Honorary professor Fudan University, 1986, Beijing Agricultural University, 1987.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Plant Physiologists.
Married Helen Community College Kung, September 5, 1964. Children: Grace, David, Andrew.