Family and personal life

Professor Ting Yin H. Ma family

In August of 1945 the Sino-Japanese war and World War II had ended. October of the same year, Professor Ting Yin H. Ma took a trip to Taiwan accompanied by two other Doctors of Sciences Dr. Chen Jiangong, an alumnus from the Tohoku Imperial University, and Dr. Su Buqing. Also in the company was yet another Japanese university graduate Cai Banghua, Mr. Lu Zhihong and a special representative from the government Mr. Luo Zhongluo. The six of them were joined by Dr. Du Chongming , a Taiwanese from the Kyoto Imperial University, and Mr. Lin Maosheng, publisher of the Citizens Daily. They were to receive the Imperial Taihoku University from the retreating Japanese government and rename it the National Taiwan University.

During the process of expropriation, Professor Ma insisted on retaining the Japanese teaching faculties to continue on their teaching and researches and studies, against the most prevailing opinion, which was to expel all Japanese faculties. Professor Matsumoto, a plant pathology expert, a dear friend of Professor Massashi Adachi, not only did he look after Professor Adachi’s son Moto, he also introduced Professor Ma to the Adachi residence. Professor cherished the residence greatly, and did not make any attempt to reshape it.

In 1947, Chi Bangyuan, who had just graduated from the Nanking University, accepted an invitation from Professor Ma to teach as Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Literature and Languages, and lived for a short time in the Kodomoheya room of the house. Professor Chi still vividly recalled Professor Ma’s instruction not to close the door if a male visitor visits her. Professor Chi Bangyuan was Mr. Chi Shiying’s daughter, who was Professor Ma’s best friend in Liaoning Province in the northeastern region of China. In 1960, Mr. Chi, together with Mr. Lei Zhen and Mr. GaoYushuformed the Democratic Party of China in opposition to the ruling Kuomintang party. As a result of their opposition to the KMT party, their Journal “Free China” was banned. Some of the socialistic, rebellious texts and publications that touched on sensitive issues were then stored in Professor Ma’s residence.

In 1947, Professor Ma’s children, a son and a daughter, moved to Taiwan from Mainland China. His son is the now famous writer Ma Guoguang with the penname Liangxuan. Ma GuoGuang graduated with a M.A. degree in Broad Casting and Public Media from The New York City University. He also taught in Fu Ren University,Shi Xin College and Tunghai University.

In 1950, Professor Ma’s sister and her husband, the Suns, moved in the house. They were accommodated in the Zashiki rooms that were floored with tatami, while Professor Ma moved into to the reading room. In addition, a small summer house was constructed next to the sun room of the house. At this time, there were 3 adults and 6 children in the house. The Suns administered a fowl farm in the front yard, raising chickens and geese. These birds were wiped out during a bird flu epidemic, and the business attempt ended also.

According to accounts by Mr. Ma GuoGuang, he was responsible for shepherding the flock of geese in the afternoon to drink and graze. There were paddy fields just beyond the entrance to the lane and extended as far as the hills at Liuzhangli. Occasionally, engrossed in his own amusements, he would forgot about tending the geese, and find them home already, safe and sound. Often in dreams of early mornings were interrupted by chirps and tweets of flocks of birds. Sometimes monkeys playing in trees can be seen as well. Naughty little children loved to climb up trees just so they can enjoy the fun of running on roof tops.

In 1954 the eldest son, Ma GuoGuang, was attending middle school. However he frequently skipped classes and had terrible grades. To remedy this, Professor Ma moved back into the Zashikiroom and had Ma GuoGuang settled in the neighboring room. The Suns moved to the sun room. Professor Ma then made good use of free time in the morning and spare time before retiring to bed to tutor Ma GuoGuang in his studies. In early morning, Professor Ma would softly utter the name of his son “Guo Guang”, and the boy would bounce from his bed immediately, tidy up his comforter and mosquito net, and soon engaged in study. Since even just a little boy, Ma Guo Guang would recite quotations from Chinese classics “The Four Books” and “The Five Classics”.

In the 1960s, the Suns built a two story brick house. The air-raid shelter built during war time was dismantled to gain space. The sun room became Professor Ma’s study and archive where his books and references were kept. A good number of graduate students often visit the archive to help with their own studies.Mr. Ma Guo Guang reflected that Professor Ma soon found that he was having difficulty paying the property taxes and also unable to pay for repairing expenditure on the house. He also found it impossible to cope with the trouble of housekeeping, and so, in 1962, Professor Ma donated the house to National Taiwan University. National Taiwan University now owned all rights to the residential house.
In 1962, Professor Ma took a trip to Japan on match-making purpose. Professor Ma eventually married Madam Ono Chizuko. The marriage brought one son and two daughters to the Ma family, and brought simple pleasures of family life that Professor Ma had been deprived.

Professor Ma passed away in 1979. Madam Kono continued to live in the house with her children. Madam Ono Ma passed away in 2007.

Married to a Japanese wife in 1962
Married to a Japanese wife in 1962

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Professor Ma was very diligent

In 1940, Professor Ma met Miss Sun Chaiping, also an overseas Chinese student who studied in Japan. They married in Qongqing and bore two children, a girl and a boy, together. Unfortunately, the two separated. When Madam Ma-Sun came over to Taiwan, Professor Ma made arrangements so that she was accommodated in the town of Peitou, and did not invite her to live in Qingtian. Her visit in Taiwan was brief. Later, she returned to Mainland China, and was regretfully separated from her children as the Civil War broke out.

In 1945, Professor Ma came to Taiwan to expropriate the “Imperial Taihoku University, and also headed the Department of Geology. Within one short week following his arrival at the campus, Professor Ma was chairing a symposium on geology on the second floor of Building No. 2 on the campus, displaying his swift and prompt, positive manner in executing things at hand and research works and studies. The government administration had hoped that Professor Ma would agree to fill the position of Chief of Provincial Bureau of Education or assume the position of President of the Taiwan University. However, Professor Ma did not have any desire to be involved for any long period of time in administrative businesses, and only accepted the position of Head of the Geology Department in Taiwan University. He held the title from 1947 to 1951, and was also concurrently Head of the Institute of Oceanography from 1946 to 1950. The Institute of Oceanography was founded during Japanese time. In 1950, due to lack of funding, the institution was dissolved. From that time on, Professor Ma maintained publication of the research journal “Acta Oceanographica Sinica” on money from his own pocket.

Professor Ma Ting Ying was also known by his second name HsuehFeng which means “snowy mountain”, also as one of the tallest mountains in Taiwan. Professor Ma was born in Jin Xian County, Province of Liaoning in 1899. He was an internationally well-known geologist, paleontologist as well as an expert in marine geology.
His family was quite poor when he was young. He was the eldest of 9 siblings, and was gifted, smart and open-minded. He graduated from his hometown middle school, the Jinzhou Middle School. Following his graduation, he secretly wrote the entrance exam and was enrolled by the Tokyo Normal High School. He graduated from the Tokyo Normal High School with first standing honor, and wrote an exam to enter the Imperial Tohoku University in Sendai, Hokaido, Japan,to study geology and paleontology.
He graduated in 1929 and was then engaged in graduate study towards a doctoral degree. Professor Ma was very diligent, and would continue on his studies for several days without taking any break. He thus caught the attention of Professor Hisakatsu Yabe (失部長克).

In 1933, Professor Ma completed his doctoral dissertation. The Japanese government, however, proposed to grant Professor Ma doctoral degree only if he would take up a research position in the Manchurian Science Faculty in the Manchuria region from China (back then the region was colonized by Japan). The Japanese government also demanded that Professor Ma to give up his Chinese nationality, and adopt a Japanese nationality in exchange for the D.Sc. degree. Professor Ma refused both extortions. Professor Yabe by then has found out about his government’s intervention of academic affairs and felt quite despicable. As a result, Professor Yabe sent Professor Ma’s doctoral dissertation to the Berlin University in Germany instead. The university quickly recognized Professor Ma’s achievements and bestowed him the Doctor of Science degree in 1934. The Japanese government, in fear of losing grip on Professor Ma’s works, immediately granted Professor Ma a doctoral degree in science from the Imperial Tohoku University without the need of him accepting their previous demands. Professor Ma was thus possessed with two Doctor of Science degrees from both the German and Japanese governments. During his academic stay in Japan, Professor Ma presented many papers in the Japanese academic conferences. He presented research results on the annual growth rate of rugosa corals and applied his studies on interpreting several important topics in geology, showing new insights. Gradually and firmly, Professor Ma established himself as one of the fore-runners in the field of paleontology.

In the fall of 1936, the relationship between the Japanese and the Chinese governments strained as Japan reeked with intense militarism. Upon invitation from Mr. Ting Wen Jiang, Professor Ma returned to China in secrecy. Before his departure from Japan, Professor Ma made a farewell visit to Professor Yabe. Professor Yabe assured Professor Ma if he needed anything for his research, any and every specimens in the Tohoku University’s collection are available for his taking. In later years, Professor Ma would be highly agitated and grateful when approached about the topic. In Professor Ma’s study at home, as well as in his research room in university, there were always pictures of Professor Yabe, showing a strong feeling of respect and appreciation between these two prominent scientists. Professor Ma held very high respect towards his tutor Professor Yabe, while Professor Yabe was proud and appreciative towards Professor Ma. The relationship and bond between these two distinguished scientists was as much comparable to that between a father and his son.

In July 1937 the Sino-Japanese war broke out, a bitter war that lasted eight long years on Chinese soil. In 1937, upon invitation from Mr. Qi Shiying, who was one of Professor Ma’s dear fellow Liaoning natives, Professor Ma took up the position of school principal in the North-East High School. As the war raged on in their region, Professor Ma led the group of North East High School students to flee the Japanese armies in a long journey, retreating to the safe grounds in the south beyond Japanese influence. The trip saw all of them climbing treacherous high mountains, lodging in run-down temples and broken-down work sheds. Despite the extreme difficulty, all the while during the move to the rear, school works and classes similar to the original school scheduled curriculum calendar were maintained. The group had fallen in siege of robbers in Hunan, and luckily fled from the bandits through gun fires. The rattling of gun shots was accompanied by the clicking of typewriter tapping as Professor Ma carried on his work on his scientific papers. Fortunately, the entire group of staffs and students reached Szechuan safe and sound with not a single person injured or killed. Upon arrival and after the school staffs and students were taken care of and out of harm’s way, Professor Ma resigned from his post of school principal. Professor Ma then assumed the position of Division Head, in the Maritime Division in the Chinese Institute of Geographic Studies. From 1939 to 1945 he was responsible for researches in geomorphology in the off-shore areas along the south eastern provinces as well as strategic resources.

In 1945 to 1947, in dire financial conditions, Professor Ma managed to secure sufficient funding on an expedition to Lanshu for reconnaissance survey and investigation on the geology, botany, zoology and flora and fauna of the island. The 1945-1946 expedition teams were made up of experts in the various fields of biological sciences and geosciences with Professor Ma as head scientist of the group. In 1947 Professor Ma led the group and conducted reconnaissance survey on Nansha Islands and the Hainan Island.

In 1950 Professor Ma presented a paper on “The Theory on Petroleum Formation”. In this paper Professor Ma pointed out that the sudden sliding of the earth’s solid crust caused mass annihilation of organisms which accumulated to form petroleum. He also theorized that in western Taiwan and in the seaboard areas around Taiwan there exist in great depth petroleum reservoirs. He recommended large-scale exploration for oil and gas to be immediately conducted.
In 1955, the significant achievement from the paper “Total Sudden Displacement of the Earth’s Solid Crust” was recognized by the Ministry of Education, and Professor Ma was awarded the very first Ministry of Education’s Grand Award on Academic Achievement. The other recipient of the Grand Award was Professor Dong Zuo Bing, the authority on ancient Chinese tortoise shell inscriptions. Mr. Ma Guo Guang recalled that the sum of the award was as much as thirty thousand dollars, this sum of money, at that time, was sufficient to buy a house. Professor Ma used the entire sum of the award money on his research works and not a single cent of that money went to any household or personal expenditure.

In 1955, Professor Ma attended the UNESCO’s Conference on Physical Oceanography and presented a paper entitled “Reef-forming Corals on Equator, Evidence on Drifting of Crustal Blocks and Submarine Topography, Evidence on Sudden Total Displacement of the Earth’s Solid Crust”.
In 1956, Professor Ma attended the 8th Pacific Science Conference held in the Philippines and presented a paper: “Geologic Evidence on Sudden Total Displacement of the Earth’s Solid Crust Over the Fluid Core”.

In 1957, Professor Ma attended the 20th International Geology Conference held in Mexico City. He presented a paper, with Mr. Pan Jialing as co-author, “A Discussion on the World’s Volcanic Zones, Basing on blocks of the Earth’s Solid Crusts as a result of Total Sudden Displacement of the Solid Earth Crust”. All of the above listed papers were the result of Professor Ma’s research on total sudden displacement of the earth’s crust.
In 1960, Professor Ma attended the 21st International Geology Conference held in Norden, Germany, and presented a paper “The Origin and Cause of Paleozoic Glaciations in Australia and South America”. This paper was the result of Professor Ma’s years of research and study on paleoclimate and continental drift. The paper was highly resonant and drew much international attention.

In 1962, following a match-making trip to Japan, Professor Ma married Madam Ono Chizuko, The marriage brought a son and two daughters to Professor Ma’s family.
Upon his retirement, Professor Ma was invited by Mr. Zhang Qiyun, the founder of the Chinese Culture University, to set up a geology department in the Chinese Culture University. In 1976, Professor Ma became Chairman of the Geology Department in the Chinese Culture University, but only for a short eight months.
Professor Ma passed away in 1979. In February of the next year, President Chiang Ching Kuo bestowed a post humus honor on Professor Ma. In 1988, Professor Ma’s name was entered under the subject “Oceanography” in the encyclopedia compiled by Mainland China. In 1991 Professor Ma’s short biographic record was entered in the Biographic Dictionary of Scientists in Mainland China.

In a special publication in memory of Professor Ma by the China Times on 28th September,1979, these excerpts were published:
*”As always, Professor Ma was either teaching, doing research, or he is studying. He was a humorous person in the classroom as well as out in the field. He was joyous, and rather forgiving of people but very strict towards himself”. Quoting Mr. Pan Yuxi.
*”Professor Ma was very keen on research and study. And it is obvious as his picks out findings out of his own pocket for publishing papers and monographs”. Comment by Dr. Gu Zhaozhen.

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Milestones and Chronology in the Life of Professor T.Y. H. Ma

1899
清光緒25
On March 18th Professor Ma Ting Ying was born in Jin Xian County, Province of Liaoning.
1899
1929
昭和4
Graduated from the Imperial Tohoku University, his mentor was the famous paleontologist Hisakatsu Yabe.
1929
1934
昭和9
His doctoral dissertation on rugosa coral won him D.Sc.. Degrees from Berlin University and the Imperial Tohoku University.
1934
1936
民國25 (昭和11 )
Returned China secretly. Was appointed Research Fellow with the Academia Sinica. Conducted researches on reefs on Dongsha Islands. Also became professor and taught in Central University.
1936
1937
民國26
Upon Mr. Qi Shiying's invitation, took on position of Principal of North Eastern High School. Lead the student group to flee the Japanese invasion. Reached Sichuan.
1937
1939
民國28
Appointed Head of Oceanography Division in the Chinese Institute of Geography.
1939
1940
民國29
Married Madam Sun Chaiping. The marriage gave birth to a son and a daughter. The marriage was later resolved, due to irreconcilable differences.
1940
1945
民國34
The Ministry of Education appointed Professor Ma together with Luo Zhongluo to travel to Taipei to expropriate the Imperial Taihoku University. In November 15, the name was changed to National Taiwan University. Also in November, Professor Ma moved into the Masashi residence.
1945
1946
民國35
Appointed Director of the Institute of Oceanography. Accompanied by 7 experts, collected oceanographic samples from the Pescadores Archipelago.
1946
1947
民國36
Became the first Chairman of the Geology Department of National Taiwan University. Traveled to Mainland China to recruit university teaching staff; Invited Madam Qi Banyuan, daughter of Mr. Qi Shiying, to teach in the Foreign Literature and Language Department. Made a short stay at No. 6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street. During the February 28 Incident, a young couple from the College of Engineering also stayed briefly. Professor Ma's daughter and son moved in as well.
1947
1951
民國40
Professor Ma's sister and her husband and 4 kids moved into the residence.
1951
1953
民國42
In a paper presented earlier, Professor theorized that sudden total displacement of the earth's solid crust caused mass annihilation of organisms which accumulated to form huge petroleum reservoirs. He theorized that there may be oil and gas on western Taiwan, and recommended immediate large scale exploration. Reporter from the United Daily interviewed Professor on the rich reserves in Taiwan.
1953
1954
民國43
On December 26, the United Daily published a report" Ma Ting Ying's theory: ‘Sudden Total Displacement of the Earth's Crust’ became world focus". In the year followed, the Ministry awarded Professor with the Grand Award for Academic Achievement.
1954
1955
民國44
October 16. Attended Far Eastern Area Oceanographic Sciences Conference and the Oceanographic Physics conference. These conferences were held by UNICESCO.
1955
1956
民國45
Attended the 8th Pacific Science Conference. Presented a paper "“Geologic Evidence on Sudden Total Displacement of the Earth’s Solid Crust Over the Fluid Core”.
1956
1957
民國46
Attended the 20thInternational Geology Conference held in Mexico City. Presented a paper co-authored with Mr. Pan Jialing "A Discussion on the World’s Volcanic Zones, Basing on blocks of the Earth's Solid Crusts as a result of Total Sudden Displacement of the Solid Earth Crust”.
1957
1958
民國47
On July 9th as officially representative from China, Professor attended the 15th World Zoological Conference held by the British Museum.
1958
1959
民國48
On November 23rd, Professor Ma was interviewed reporter from the United Daily. He pointed out that in the geologic belt between Tainan and Kaohsiung there was high petroleum potentiality.
1959
1960
民國49
Attended the 21st International Geology Conference held in Norden. Presented a paper “The Origin and Cause of Paleozoic Glaciations in Australia and South America”. This paper was the result of Professor Ma’s years of research and study on paleoclimate and continental drift. The paper was highly resonant and drew much international attention.
1960
1962
民國51
March 28th, National Taiwan University acquired rights to the residence house on No. 6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street. Professor went to Japan on match-making purpose and married Madam Ono Chizuko.The marriage brought them a son and two daughters to the Ma family.
1962
1965
民國54
In May, Professor Ma warned the National Committee on Long-term Development on Sciences that the Four-Year Project aiming at fostering scientists had deviated and the original purpose had faded.
1965
1971
民國60
On December 20, a news report declared two American geologists discovered evidence on drifting of rock formation on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, substantiating Professor Ma's theory on Sudden Total Displacement of the Earth's Crust.
1971
1974
民國63
An American Geologic Institute analyzed core samples from drilling from Taiwan and verifying Professor Ma's theory on rich petroleum reserves in Taiwan.
1974
1976
民國65
Headed the Department of Geology in the Chinese Culture University for a duration of approximately 8 months.
1976
1977
民國66
Contracted cancer of the stomach. Underwent gastrectomy surgery.
1977
1979
民國68
Fallen seriously ill due to cancer of the stomach. Was admitted into the National Taiwan University Hospital accommodated in Class 3 Wardroom. Heads of the government, President Chiang Jing Kuo, Vice President Hsieh Tung Ming, Mr. Sun Yun Shuan, the Executive Yuan Premier all came to visit. Consequently Professor was moved into First Class wardroom. On September 15th, Professor passed away. He was 80years old.
1979
1980
民國69
President Chiang Jing Kuo issued a post-humorous citation in honor of Professor.
1980

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