Chien-Shiung Wu

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Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu

ImportanceDuring World War II, Wu was asked to join the Manhattan Project at Columbia University.This "project" was the project that was to develop the atomic bomb!She helped develop a process to enhance uranium ore that produced massive amounts of uranium which fueled the bomb.

BackgroundDr. Wu was born on May 31, 1912 in Liu Ho, China. Wu graduated from National Central University. After graduation, she moved to America to pursue her graduate studies. Wu studied physics at Berkeley where she recieved her Ph.D. in 1940.Later on, Wu taught as a professor at both Princeton University in NJ and Smith College in MA.


Along with her colleagues Dr. Lee and Dr. Yang, she overthrew the principle of conservation of parity. This ultimately disproved a widely known law of nature.

Was known as the "First Lady of Physics"!

HardshipsThe law that was proved to be disproved was noticed and was nominated for a 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics.However, Dr. Wu was overlooked and only her two colleagues were awarded the Nobel Prize. Since then, she has won multiple honors and awards but was never awarded with the Nobel Prize.

Awarded the "Medal of Science"

She studied nuclear fission!

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