Cheng Ling Tsai, who was born in 1917 in Sichuan province, graduated from Guiyang Medical College in 1944. Cheng was enrolled in the University of Minnesota in 1948 and received a master’s degree in public health in 1949.
After Cheng returned to China, he served as the director of the Yunnan Epidemic Prevention Station, dean of Public Health at Kunming Medical College, vice president of Chinese Medical Association Yunnan branch, and as a member of the World Health Organization Expert Consultation and the 7th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Cheng published more than 20 academic articles and co-edited “Management of Epidemic Prevention Station”. He also led and co-translated the “Handbook of Planned Epidemic Prevention,” published by the World Health Organization.