FEATURE: NTHU professor not taking the easy route

ALWAYS LEARNING: Lin Hsiu-Hau called his move from physics into neuroscience a sort of midlife crisis, saying that he wants to learn about how humans tell lies

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 29, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Becoming a full professor might signal the start of an easier work life for some academics, but for

National Tsing Hua University physicist Lin Hsiu-Hau, second right, and his students Sam Mei Ian, left, Lin Chia-Ying, second left, and Lin Yu-Hsuan, right, pose in front of a picture of Albert Einstein at Lin Hsiu-Hau’s office on Jan. 10.
Photo: Lin Chia-nan, Taipei Times

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) physicist Lin Hsiu-Hau (林秀豪) it means embarking on a new research trajectory — neuroscience.

After receiving his doctorate in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Lin obtained an academic position at NTHU at 30 and was promoted to full professor at 38 — faster than most academics.

Specializing in statistical physics and spintronics, Lin, now 50, has published nearly 80 research papers, including several that have been cited more than 100 times and one that has been cited more than 350 times.

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