Yiran Fan, Ph.D. Student ‘Beloved by All Who Knew Him,’ 1990-2021

January 11, 2021

Members of the University of Chicago community are mourning the loss of graduate student Yiran Fan, SM’15, and remembering him as an exceptional student, talented scholar and beloved friend.

A 30-year-old Ph.D. student in a joint program of the Booth School of Business and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, Fan was shot and killed on Jan. 9.

“This sudden and senseless loss of life causes us indescribable sorrow,” wrote President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee in a message to the campus community. “In the days ahead, we will come together as a community to mourn, and to lift up fellow members of our community in this difficult and very sad time.”

Fan came from China to the University in 2014 to study in the financial mathematics program, having already completed a bachelor’s degree in finance from Peking University and a master’s degree in financial engineering from the University of Cambridge. After earning a master’s degree at UChicago in 2015, he served as a research professional at the Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance. He was in the fourth year of a joint Booth/Economics Ph.D. program in financial economics and was hoping to propose his dissertation later this year.  Read more

Video of candlelight vigil for Yiran Fan

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