Samuel Ting returns to the United States and enters University of Michigan. Here, he obtains degrees in both engineering mathematics and physics.
Ting finds a new elementary particle three times heavier than a proton, with a narrow range of energy states, and with a longer life span than anything known in physics. Since Ting's work involves electromagnetic currents bearing the symbol "j," and the Chinese character for "Ting" is similar in form to the letter J, he calls his find the "J particle." The same discovery is made almost simultaneously by B. Richter at Stanford. The two research groups decide to public their find on November 11.
In the Spring 1965 Samuel Ting teaches as instructor at Columbia University. Here, he becomes interested in the physics of electron-positron pair production. During his stay at COlumbia he meets various well-known physicists, such as L. Lederman, T.D. Lee, I.I. Rabi, M. Schwartz, J. Steinberger, C.S. Wu.
Samuel Ting tries to find evidence of the existence of gluon, which transmits energy between quarks.
Samuel Ting is born in Ann Arbor, first of three children of Kuan Hai Ting, a professor of engineering, and Tsun-Ying Wang, a professor of psychology. Two months after his birth he returns in China with his parents. Because of the Japanese invasion of China during World War II, Ting is not able to enter school until he is 12. At home he is educated by his parents and by his maternal grandmother, an independent-minded widow and teacher.
Samuel Ting earns his M.Sc. in Physics at Michigan University.
Samuel Ting is appointed Ford Foundation postdoctoral scholar at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Therefore he moves to Geneva with his family. There, Ting works with Italian physicist Guisseppe Cocconi with a newly built Proton Synchrotron.
Samuel Ting receives a predoctoral fellowship funded by the Atomic Energy Commission for pursuing his PhD studies. He earns his PhD in Physics at Michigan University under Drs. L.W. Jones and M.L. Perl. Ting, Jones, and Perl make research at the proton synchrotron of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to explore the properties of pion-proton elastic scattering at energies between 3 and 5 GeV. Working on this experiment, Ting becomes an expert on particle detection techniques.
Samuel Ting attends Provincial Chien-Kuo High School.
Samuel Ting receives one half of the Nobel Prize for Physics with Burton Richter "for their pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle of a new kind".
Samuel Ting enters National Cheng Kung University where he studies only an year.
Samuel Ting leads his research team in a follow-up experiment at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. To optimise his research into the production of electron-positron pairs, Ting improves the double-arm spectrometer.
Samuel Ting joins the Physics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and becomes professor in 1969. In 1977, he is appointed as the first Thomas Dudley Cabot Institute Professor of Physics at MIT. In 1995 Ting proposed the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a space-borne cosmic-ray detector.
Ting leads a group at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron installation to repeat an experiment done at the Cambridge Electron Accelerator on electron-positron pair production by photon collision with a nuclear target that seemed to have showed a violation of quantum electrodynamics. This allows Ting to study the physics of electron pairs, chiefly the way such pairs are created during the decay of photon-like particles and to view the angles of particulate deflection from the beam of radiation.