World Scientific Author Wins the Russ Prize 2007
Professor Y. C. Fung, Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is the recipient of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize of 2007.
The Russ Prize is presented biannually to an outstanding candidate in the field of bioengineering who has made significant contributions to improving the human condition through research, development, teaching, or management. The recipient receives a $500,000 cash award and an engraved gold medallion.
Medical News Today cites Prof. Fung as the "'father of modern biomechanics' for pioneering the application of quantitative and analytical engineering principles to the study of the human body and disease." His inventions have directly contributed to enhancing the recovery and functionality of injured soft tissue, and improving the effectiveness and longevity of prosthetic orthopedic devices. Today, a great many people who suffer from tissue trauma or burns benefit from his contribution to the development of artificial skin.
Prof. Fung joined UCSD to establish one of the first bioengineering programs in the country as early as 1966 and devoted himself to studying the mechanical aspects of the body after twenty years of making contributions in aeronautics.
He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Caltech and holds memberships in several prestigious institutes such as the US National Academy of Science, Academia Sinica, Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine of NAS, and National Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Fung's publications with World Scientific include: