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Statement on hospitalization of Dr. Chang-Lin Tien
13 Sep 2000

By Media Relations

Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, professor and former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, has been hospitalized in San Francisco for treatment of a brain tumor. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Family members noticed over Labor Day weekend that Tien appeared extremely tired, which is uncharacteristic for the highly energetic scholar. At the urging of one of his daughters and her husband, both of whom are physicians, Tien sought medical attention. Doctors discovered that he had a brain tumor, and surgery was performed. He currently is receiving care at UCSF Medical Center.

Tien's son, Norman Tien, said that the family is confident he will make a good recovery and noted that his father is alert and communicating with the family. The Tiens are awaiting test results to determine what steps will be taken next.

Tien, 65, became internationally known as a leader in higher education during his tenure as UC Berkeley chancellor from 1990 to 1997. He is currently the NEC Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley and is one of 19 faculty members in the nine-campus University of California system to hold the title of University Professor. He is also a leading voice in the Asian American community.

"All of us at the Berkeley campus and members of the Cal family everywhere send our best wishes and our prayers to Dr. Tien for a swift and full recovery," said UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl.

UC President Richard C. Atkinson also expressed best wishes on behalf of the entire University of California system. "Chang-Lin Tien is one of the great leaders of American higher education and served the Berkeley campus as one of its most beloved and successful chancellors. We share the family's hopes for Dr. Tien's full recovery," said Atkinson.