Samuel C.C. Ting was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his B.S.E. degrees (in Physics and in Mathematics) and his Ph.D. (in Physics) all from the University of Michigan. He is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ting has always proposed and led international collaborations in experimental physics using accelerators in the U.S., Germany and Switzerland and on board the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station.
His main contributions to physics include:
Ting’s major awards include the Nobel Prize for Physics, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award (U.S. government), Eringen Medal (from the Society of Engineering Science), DeGaspari Award in Science (from the Italian government), Golden Leopard Award for Excellence (Italy), Gold Medal in Science (Italy) etc. He is a member of many scientific academies including the U.S. National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Soviet Academy of Science, the Russian Academy of Science, Deutsche Academy Naturforscher Leopoldina (Germany), Royal Spanish Academy of Science, Hungarian Academy of Science, Academia Sinica and the Chinese Academy of Science, etc. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India).
Among his Doctor Honoris Causa degrees are those awarded by the University of Michigan, Columbia University, Moscow State University, Rheinische Westfalisch Technische Hochschule (Germany), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Bucharest (Romania), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, etc. Currently, he is leading a 16 nation, 500 physicist international collaboration to use the U.S. International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory to probe some of the fundamental questions of modern physics including the antimatter universe and the origin of cosmic rays and dark matter.