Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
Name of AAPI Figure Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity? Chinese American
Area of Influence Nuclear Physicist
Date of birth or time period 31-May-1912
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large? She played a significant role in the Manhattan project and improving Geiger counters for the detection of radiation and the enrichment of uranium in large quantities.
How does this person inspire you? She broke barriers as a woman in a male dominated field with her intelligence, talent and perseverance.
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you? I am a female scientist and love reading about other female scientists and their contributions to the field.
What surprised you as you were learning about this person? She was the first at a lot of things: Dr. Wu was the first woman to be hired as faculty in Physics at Princeton , the first woman to be president of the American Physical Society (1975), the recipient of the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics (1978) and was the first woman to serve as president of the American Physical Society. She is dubbed ‘The First Lady of Physics’.
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