Chang, Victor

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Victor Chang
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Name
Chang, Victor Gender: M
Jen Qien
born on 21 November 1936 at 11:35 (= 11:35 AM )
Place Shanghai, China, 31n14, 121e28
Timezone AWST h8e (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 28°40' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°29 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 11°52'



Biography

Chinese-Australian heart surgeon, murder victim. He died on 7/04/1991, c. 8:00 AM AEST, Mosman, Sydney, Australia from two gunshots to the head. Dr. Chang’s shocking murder by assailants in a Sydney street has robbed medicine and Australia of a great figure. He made an outstanding contribution to medicine, heart surgery, the Australian community and Australian-Asian relations.

Chang left Shanghai as a youth in 1953 to complete

his secondary schooling at Christian Brothers College, Lewisham. Graduating from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1962, he became an intern and later a registrar in cardio thoracic surgery at St Vincent's Hospital. After obtaining Fellowship in Surgery from the English and American College of Surgeons he returned to St Vincent's Hospital in 1972 to join the elite St Vincent's cardio thoracic team.

A pioneer of the modern era of heart transplantation, Victor Chang was responsible for the establishment of the National Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital in 1984, lobbying politicians and raising funds for its ongoing work. During the 1980's he also traveled and lectured

extensively in Asia and formed the Australian Chinese Foundation which sponsored South-East Asian doctors, nurses and students improving the quality of patient care in their own countries. Dr Chang was an original thinker and saw the need for research and development of various cardio thoracic devices. These included the development of an artificial heart valve and more recently the development of an artificial heart.

In 1986 he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia and the University of New South Wales awarded its highest degree of M.D. Honoris Causa for "scholarly achievement and humanitarian endeavor".

Victor was a quiet, charming person who was loved by his patients and his friends and especially by his wife Ann and his children Vanessa, Matthew and Marcus. He was a man of vision; as a surgeon, as a researcher and as an ambassador for Australia and the people of Southeast Asia. Well traveled, he had a his passion for cars, vintage and modern, and loved motor racing

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death by Homicide 4 July 1991 at 08:00 AM in Sydney, Australia (Gunshot to head, age 54)
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  • Family : Change residence 1953 (To Australia to complete schooling)
  • Social : End a program of study 1962 (Sydney University)
  • Work : New Career 1972 (Surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital)
  • Work : Prize 1986 (Companion of the Order of Australia)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Vanessa Chang, "Victor Chang: A Tribute to My Father," Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2001, p. 28: "The baby was named Jen Qien (the Cantonese pronunciation is 'Yam Him'), which means 'holder of humbleness and modesty. May [his mother] recorded the date and time of his birth in her passport as 21 November 1936, 11:35 am. No birth certificate exists. The hospital was on the Great Western Road [in Shanghai, p. 27], where the family lived; notes scribbled by May translate it as 'Dr Sun's Hospital' but the exact name is unknown... Some official documents state that he was born on 25 November 1936, but Sixth Aunt is adamant that it fell on 21 November. Chinese characters written by May seem to authenticate the 21st as the 'true' date."

Biography: Richard Hall, "Tiger General: The Killing of Victor Chang" Sydney, NSW: Pan Macmillan Australia,

1995)

Categories

  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim (Two gunshots to the head)
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Medical : Surgeon (Heart)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Companion of the Order of Australia)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three, one daughter and two sons)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher (Medical heart researcher)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser (For heart transplantation)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel (International medical education)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Lecturer)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Cars)

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