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Chang Jen-hu (Chinese: 張鏡湖; pinyin: Zhāng Jìnghú), or J. H. Chang (18 March 1927 – 25 November 2019) was a Taiwanese educator, geographer specialized in ancient climate change, and the agricultural development of mainland China and Taiwan. Chang was the chairman of the board of directors of Chinese Culture University.

Chang Jen-hu
Native name
Born(1927-03-18)18 March 1927
Died25 November 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 92)
NationalityRepublic of China
EducationDoctoral degree
Alma materNational Chekiang University
Clark University


Chang was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, on 18 March 1927. His father was Chang Chi-yun, who was a prominent politician and educator of the Republic of China.

Chang graduated from the Department of Geography and History of the National Chekiang University in Hangzhou in 1948. In 1954, Chang obtained his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in the United States.

Chang was a research associate at Johns Hopkins University from 1954 to 1956, at Harvard University from 1956 to 1958, and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1958 to 1959.

From 1959 to 1964, Chang was an editor for the National Geographic Magazine of the National Geographic Society. From 1959 to 1984, Chang was a professor at the University of Hawaii, after which he was granted emeritus status.[1] Chang is a past member of the editorial board of the Annuals of the Association of American Geographers. Chang is also former secretary of the Hawaiian Geophysical Society.

From 1984, Chang chaired the board of directors of Chinese Cultural University. From 1987, he served in the same position at Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School [zh].

Chang died on 25 November 2019 at National Taiwan University Hospital.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Agricultural geography of Taiwan (1953). monographic volume.
  • Climate and Agriculture; An Ecological Survey (1968). ISBN 978-0-202-36249-6.

Honors and awardsEdit

Chang received several honorary doctorates, including from the Kyung Hee University in South Korea, Kokushikan University and Sōka University in Japan, and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia.[3] Chang also received an honorary doctorate in humanities from his alma mater Clark University in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ Emeriti faculty listing at University of Hawaii
  2. ^ 獨家》文化大學老董張鏡湖昨午辭世 享耆壽92歲. Liberty Times (in Chinese). 25 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  3. ^ 張鏡湖 教授 (Professor Chang, Jen-Hu) – 二、獲獎榮譽 (in Chinese). Archived April 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 張鏡湖獲頒美國克拉克大學校長頒名譽博士 [Chang was awarded honorary doctorate by Clark University] (in Chinese). Epoch Times.

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