Chien-Shiung Wu 吳健雄

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Chien-Shiung Wu

Chinese: 吳健雄
Birthdate: (84)
Death: February 16, 1997 (84)
Place of Burial: Jiangsu, China
Immediate Family:

Daughter of 吳仲裔 and 樊復華
Wife of Luke C. L. Yuan 袁家騮
Mother of <private> Yuan
Sister of 吳健英 and 吳健豪

Occupation: physicist
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About Chien-Shiung Wu 吳健雄

Chien-Shiung Wu 吳健雄 was a Chinese-American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the hypothetical law of conservation of parity. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, and also earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics a mere two decades later in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include "the First Lady of Physics", "the Chinese Madame Curie", and the "Queen of Nuclear Research".

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Chien-Shiung Wu 吳健雄's Timeline

May 27, 1912
February 16, 1997
Age 84
Jiangsu, China