Philip Chen is an author and a cartoonist. He has a well-received and very realistic science fiction thriller called Falling Star and several collections of cartoons that take a wry look at the world. The latest collection combines his published work to date and is called, Scenes of Strangeness.
Phil was born in China in 1944 and emigrated to the United States in 1949. Growing up in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s and 1960s, Philip learned both the pains and triumphs of American society at a crucial turning point in America’s history. In the fifties and sixties, Washington stood at the crossroads of southern institutionalized racism and northern false hope; a point not lost on the young Chinese immigrant.
After receiving a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science from Stanford University, he worked as an ocean research engineer in the development of deep submergence systems. Part of his work dealt with vehicles that could freely dive to 20,000 feet of water depth. He also participated as a hyperbaric chamber operator for manned dives inside a pressure chamber to 1,500 feet. He holds one U.S. Patent for an underwater mooring system.
After his stint as an ocean research engineer, Phil was an environmental and energy engineer, a trial attorney, a public securities attorney, an investment banker, a corporate executive, a private equity manager (in Africa), a strategic consultant, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a website manager, and author. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota.
One of his mentors once told Philip that it wasn’t that he couldn’t hold down a job; he couldn’t even hold down a career! Phil’s biography has been included in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in the World for many years.