Chao, E. C. T.

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Biographical History

Edward Ching-Te Chao worked in the geological sciences, including geology, petrology, and study of meteor impacts. He was born in Suzhou, China, in 1919, and came to the United States to teach American forces Chinese during World War II. He remained in the U.S. and went on to study at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in geology in 1948. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey on a variety of disciplines, 1949-1994. He is particularly well-known for his work relating to the effects of meteorite impacts on planetary surfaces.


Ahmed El Goresy. (2008). “Tribute to Dr. Edward Ching-Te Chao.” The International Society for Meteoritics and Planetary Science. Retrieved June 28, 2016 from

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