Bachelor of Science, National Taiwan University, 1959. Master of Science, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1965.
Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University of Waterloo, 1986.
Assistant professor chemistry James Franck Institute, University Chicago, 1968—1971, assistant professor, 1971—1972, professor, 1973—1974. Professor chemistry University California, Berkeley, 1974—1991, graduate professor, 1994—1997, graduate professor emeritus, since 1997. University professor University California Systems, 1991—1994, University professor emeritus, since 1994.
President Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 1994—2006. Principal investigator Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1974—1997. Honorary professor Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1980, Fudan University, Shanghai, 1980, Chinese University of Science & Technology, 1986.
President-elect International Council of Scientific, Paris, since 2008.
Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Third World Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Physical Society. Member: National Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy (honorary foreign), International Academy of Sciences (honorary), Gottingen Academy of Sciences (correspondent), Korean Academy of Sciences & Technology, American Chemical Society (Harrison Howe award 1983, Peter Debye award 1986).
Married Bernice Wu, June 28, 1963. Children: Ted, Sidney, Charlotte.