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History

1969
Upon the request of Dr. Ta-You Wu, then Chairman of the National Science Council, Professors Ta-Liang Teng, Francis T. Wu and Yi-Ben Tsai proposed a plan for long-term earthquake research in Taiwan.

1971
National Science Council established a Seismology Task Force, housed in the Institute of Oceanography of National Taiwan University. Dr. Shih-Kao Yiu was appointed as head.

1972
Launched island-wide networks of seismometers and accelerographs.

1973
Seismology Group was formed within the Institute of Physics of the Academia Sinica. New 2-story building next to the Institute of Oceanography of National Taiwan University. Dr. Yi-Ben Tsai was appointed group lead.

1976
The Interim Office for the Institute of Earth Sciences was established, Dr. Yi-Ben Tsai as interim director.

1980
Set up the Isotope Geochemistry Group and the Tectonophysics Group.

1982
The Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) was formally inaugurated. Dr. Yi-Ben Tsai was appointed the first Director. The IES Advisory Committee was formed.

1985
Dr. Yeong Tein Yeh (Deputy Director) became the Acting Director (Dr. Tsai departed for the USA).

1987
Dr. Yeong Tein Yeh became the Director.

1989
Set up the High Pressure Lab.

1993
IES physically moved to the main AS campus in Nankang, Taipei.
Dr. Francis T. Wu became the Acting Director.

1994
Dr. Yih-Hsiung Yeh became the Director.

1999
Chi-Chi earthquake; IES mandated to elevate earthquake physics and crustal deformation research. Set up “Environmental Change Research Project" that is to become the Research Center for Environmental Change of the Academia Sinica.

2000
Dr. Typhoon Lee became the Director.

2001
IES building was flooded by the Nari Typhoon, lost everything in the basement including equipments, instruments, documents.

2002
Completed the 2-story annex building for labs and equipments.

2004
Dr. Bor-ming Jahn became the director.

2010
Dr. Benjamin Fong Chao became the Director.

2013
Dr. Lou-Chunag Lee became the Acting Director.

2014
Dr. Lou-Chunag Lee became the Director.

2017
Dr. Sun-Lin Chung became the Director.