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In Memory of An Yin: Memorial Celebration (Video!) and Fund

EPSS held a memorial event honoring An's life and scientific legacy at the UCLA Faculty Center on September 23rd. In a well attended event we honored his main scientific contributions and had time for more personal reminiscences from family, friends and colleagues. You can find an edited video of the event on our YouTube channel.

Professors Lingsen Meng and Peng Ni created a beautiful website to honor Professor An Yin's memory. To pay your respects, leave comments sharing memories or stories, view a community-built photo gallery, or learn more about An's many achievements and adventures, please visit

The photo and video gallery are available on Flickrhere.

Read An's obituary by UCLA Newsroom in English and Mandarin, and his obituary by EPSS Professor Mark Harrison here. Watch An speak about his life story and scientific achievements through IPLEX's video here.

The department has established the Professor An Yin Memorial Fund. It is our goal is to raise $600,000 in gifts and/or pledges to convert this current expenditure fund into an endowment named after Professor Yin, and to grow this endowment over time with support from family, friends, and colleagues. If a minimum of $350,000 in gifts and/or pledges is raised by June 30, 2024, the fund may be converted to an endowed fund to support fieldwork. Additionally, should we meet our goal of $600,000 by June 30, 2024, the Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences has pledged a 100% match to double the impact of this special memorial fund. 

To make an online donation, please click here.

To learn more about making a pledge to help us achieve our goal to convert this fund into an endowment and unlock Dean's Matching Funds, please contact Director of Development, Amber Buggs, at

Posted on Dec. 8, 2023