Dr. Ting, born on January 27, 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spent his childhood in China. He came to the United States in 1956 and studied at the University of Michigan where he obtained BS in engineering 1959, MS in 1960, and Ph.D. in physics 1962. His doctoral thesis deals with pion-proton interactions at high energies.
Dr. Ting is Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor at M.I.T. (1977- ). He served Ford Foundation Fellow, CERN (European Nuclear Research Center), Geneva (1963), Instructor, Columbia University (1964), Assistant Professor, Columbia University (1965-67), group leader, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Hamburg, Germany (1963), and since 1967 he has been the faculty of M.I.T.
At M.I.T, he joined a team at the Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton, Long Island. He and the team discovered the "psi", a new atomic particle. Above the same time, Professor Button Richter of the Stanford Linear Accelerator also discovered independently the particle. For this discovery, Dr. Ting was awarded Nobel prize in 1976 shared with Dr. Richter.
Dr. Ting received many awards and honors. His honorary degrees include ScD, University of Michigan (1978), ScD, Chinese University in Hong Kong (1987), ScD, University of Bologna, Italy (1988), ScD, Columbia University (1990), ScD, University of Science and Technology, China (1990). ScD, Moscow State University (1991), and SCD, University of Bucharest, Romania (1993). He was awarded the title of honorary professor at Beijing Normal College (1987), Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (1987), and University of Bologna, Italy (1988); American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow (1955). Ernest Orlando Lawrence award U.S. Government (1976); Eringen Medal, Society of .Engineering Science (1977), De Gasperi prize in science, Italian Republic (1988); Gold Medal in Science. City of Brescia, Italy (1988); Golden Leopard award Town of Taormina (1988), and Forum Engelberg prize (1996).