JOHN AND ABIGAIL VAN VLECK PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
Chun C. Lin received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1955. His thesis advisor was J. H. Van Vleck. Lin was on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma from 1955 to 1968. In 1968 he moved to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is now the John and Abigail Van Vleck Professor of Physics.
Lin began his career in the field of microwave spectroscopy. While at the University of Oklahoma he initiated a program on electon excitation of atoms in collaboration with Robert M. St. John. Much of his research in this field is directed toward understanding the basic nature of the atomic and molecular processes in ionized gases. For many years, Lin also worked on the theory of the electronic structure