Edward Chuck Ming Chen was born in 1937 and was one of the first Chinese-Americans to be born in
Houston, Texas. He was raised in Houston, where he helped with a local grocery store and eventually followed his
uncles in going to Rice University in 1955. He has since had a career both in the chemical industry, working both
with petroleum and NASA, and in teaching chemistry at both a high school and college level. By compiling
newspaper columns such as ‘Golden Mountain on the Gulf,’ he has earned himself the title of ‘Unofficial Historian’
of Houston’s Chinese-American community.