Born 1961, Jilin, China. Lives and works in Boston, Massachussets, USA.
After having graduated from Colorado State University with a Master's degree in digital image processing in 1993, Xu Lin worked on the state of the art digital development for Eastman Kodak between 1995 and 2006, later serving as technical director for LandAirSea Systems, Inc in the United States. In 1996, he began work on collecting images taken by image-collecting satellites and aircraft during the Cold War. Due to this groundbreaking research on U-2 reconnaissance plane imaging at the National Archives, the May 2012 issue of the American Air Sensing Air & Space Smithsonian contained a special introduction of Xu Lin's project. In addition, Xu Lin has lectured at institutions including the National Archives of the United States and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. At present, his main research direction is U-2 and A-12/SR-71 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft during the Cold War, Firebee series UAV, Keyhole series KH-4, KH-7 and KH-9 reconnaissance satellite platforms in China. Xu Lin was assisted in the remote sensing archaeology image collection and research work at Harvard University's Department of Anthropology, the National Museum of China, the Department of Archaeology of Wuhan University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.