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Yuan-Cheng Fung
Born September 15, 1919(1919-09-15)
Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Residence USA
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Ethnicity Chinese American
Fields bioengineering
Institutions Caltech
Alma mater Nanjing University
Known for bioengineering
Notable awards von Karman Medal (1976)
Otto Laporte Award (1977)
National Medal of Science (2000)
Timoshenko Medal (1991)
Russ Prize (2007)

Yuan-Cheng "Bert" Fung (born 1919) is a scientist, regarded as a founding figure of bioengineering, tissue engineering, and the "Founder of Modern Biomechanics".[1]



Fung was born in Jiangsu Province, China in 1919. He earned a Bachelor's degree in 1941 and a Master's degree in 1943 from the National Central University (later renamed Nanjing University in mainland China and reinstated in Taiwan), and earned a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in the United States in 1948.

Fung currently is Professor Emeritus and Research Engineer at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).


He is the author of numerous books including Foundations of Solid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, and a series of books on Biomechanics.

He is also one of the principal founders of the Journal of Biomechanics.

He is well known for Fung's Law.

Fung's law in 1-D is written:


Fung's famous exponential strain energy function (in 3-D) is ρw = c exp(Q), Q is a quadratic form of strains.

He was a past chair of the ASME International Applied Mechanics Division.

Honors and awards

Fung was elected to the United States National Academy of Science (1993), the National Academy of Engineering (1979), the Institute of Medicine (1991), the Academia Sinica (1968), and is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1994 election).


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