Chi-Yuen Wang received his B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1958, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1961, and his Ph.D., also from Harvard University, in 1964.
His research interests focus on the active tectonic processes at plate margins, including mountain building, basin formation and earthquakes. He is particularly interested in the transport processes of heat and fluid in and near such boundaries and in the relation between these processes and earthquakes. His current research involves topics on earthquake-induced hydrological changes, such as changes in groundwater level, increases in streamflow, and liquefaction occurrence. Geographically, his research areas include California, Taiwan, the South China Sea, Tibet, the Himalayas and the Mediterranean. He has also applied the results of such research to the study of catastrophic floods on Mars.