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Ching-Chung Li

September 3, 2022


Ching-Chung Li passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Saturday September 3, 2022, at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh where he taught and conducted research for nearly six decades and was the longest serving faculty member in the department’s history since its founding in 1893.

Born on March 30, 1931, in Wuxi, China, Ching-Chung grew up in Changshu, China and moved to Taiwan where he received his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University. He became a graduate student at Northwestern University and received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering. His friends and classmates knew him to have a tireless work ethic, deep principles, and a fierce persistence that led him to excel at everything he pursued.

Ching-Chung cherished sabbaticals at Berkely, Alza in Palo Alto, M.I.T. and Carnegie Mellon University, He helped establish research centers at Beijing Jiaotong in China and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

Known to his friends and colleagues as C.C., he was a highly regarded researcher in the fields of biocybernetics, biomedical pattern recognition, wavelet-based transformation multi-resolution image processing, and computer vision. He was inducted in 2007 as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his pioneering contributions. He had over 250 peer-reviewed publications and edited numerous books.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hanna (Wu); sons William (Shawna) Li and Vincent (Joy) Li; 3 grandchildren, Madeleine, Oliver, and Noemi Li; and his sister Ching-Mi Sun.

Friends will be received at John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. ( 4900 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 on Saturday September 10, 2022, with visitation hours 12noon-2pm and where a service will be held at 2pm, followed by procession to graveside farewell. At the request of family, masks will be required and provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Angiogenesis Foundation in C.C.’s memory:


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September 10, 2022

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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September 10, 2022

2:00 PM
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