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 a graduate
student working on observational cosmology! Perhaps
my old dream will be fulfilled after all...