Dr. Pan Po-Hsi was born in Shanghai, China in 1922. As a consequence of the war, Dr. Po-Hsi moved several times in his childhood, living variously in Hangzhou, Nanjing, and several other locations. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Dr. Pan Po-Hsi studied and worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in China before moving to Taiwan. Dr. Po-Hsi would then move to the United States, earning advanced degrees from Colorado School of Mines and Rice University, where he taught as a professor following his PhD. He then worked for Mobil Oil Company until his retirement in 1986.