Huang is best known to Chinese readers as the translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám. While a graduate student in physics, he adapted Edward Fitzgerald's famous adaptation into classical Chinese verse. The book (Chinese: 魯拜集) had been out of print for years, but was reprinted in Taiwan in 1989. With his wife Rosemary, he translated I Ching into English. He died on 1 September 2016 at the age of 88.