Bing, Richard John (Cardiologist)
- Existence: 1909 - 2010
Background: Caltech Visiting Associate in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1978-2010; Visiting Associate in Biomedical Engineering, 1972-1978; Research Associate in Engineering Science, 1970-1972.
Description: Richard J. Bing, MD, was born in Nuernberg and educated in European medical schools and research institutes. He emigrated permanently to the US in 1937, taking up a residency in surgery at Columbia University. Bing continued his medical career as a cardiologist at several American universities, combining clinical and research activities. In 1969 he accepted a position as Director of Cardiology and Medical Education at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena; and an appointment as Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). His research interests, which he conducted in collaboration with Caltech professors H. Wayland, S. Chan, M. Hoffman and J. Allman, included studies of microcirculation, especially of the heart. He has had a long-term association with the Huntington Medical Research Institute.
Bing was always a serious musician, and he combined musical study and composition (over 200 works) with science and medicine throughout his career.
Collection Notes: Oral history, 2001: A 70-page interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen; covers early life amd education in Europe; recollections of prominent biomedical scientists in Europe and the US; pursuing career in cardiology in both clinical and research directions; affiliation with Caltech since 1970; musical activities from youth onwards.