Women in Radiation History: Chien-Shiung Wu
Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu is known as one of the top experimental physicists of her time. Her ingenious design of the “Wu Experiment” enabled her male colleagues to prove their theory about the behavior of subatomic particles. She was the recipient of the first Wolf Prize in Physics in 1973. Dr. Wu became the first woman elected as president of the American Physical Societyin 1975. Over the course of her lifetime, Dr. Wu tirelessly promoted the cause of women in science.
Born: May 31, 1912, Liuhe, China
Died: February 16, 1997, New York, United States
Awards: National Medal of Science, Wolf Prize in Physics, Comstock Award
Education: Nanjing University, University of California at Berkeley
Field of Study: Physics
Career: Princeton University, Columbia University