I was born and raised in Taiwan. I received a B.S.
in Physics from National
Taiwan University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy
from the University
of California at Berkeley in 1981. When I started
my graduate study in astronomy with nearly zero
background knowledge, I thought I was going to study
cosmology. As I learned more about astronomy, I
became fascinated by the interactions between stars
and the interstellar medium. I have been studying
this subject for the last 25 years, using observations
at optical, UV, X-ray, and radio wavelengths.
I had an unusual career path because of my family
situation.When my three children were young, I was
a soft-money researcher for 12 years. I obtained
a regular faculty position in 1997 and am a full
professor at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Incidentally, my oldest daughter is doing her graduate
in observatoinal cosmology! Perhaps my old dream
fulfilled after all...
The data from the Hubble image of N11B are taken
from HST proposal 6698. Other co-investigators on
this project include: D. Bomans and K. Weis (Universitat
Bochum), G. Garcia-Segura and M. Rosado (UNAM),
A. Laval (Observatoire de Marseille), S. Points
(Northwestern U.), H. Yang (U. Minnesota - Twin
Cities). Y. Nazé (Universite de Liège,
Belgium) is also a science collaborator.