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Madame Wu Chien-Shiung: The First Lady of Physics Research.


Madame Wu Chien-Shiung: The First Lady of Physics Research

Chiang Tsai-Chien. Translated by Wong Tang-Fong

World Scientific


264 pages



This biography of Chinese physicist Wu Chien-Shung traces the life of the woman known as the "Chinese Madame Curie" and for her work in nuclear physics. Wu confirmed the hypothesis of C.N. Yang and T.D. Lee, the first two Chinese Nobel Laureates; conducted experiments in beta decay and the experimental confirmation of vector current conservation in beta decay; participated in the Manhattan Project; and was the first female President of the American Physical Society. The author draws on interviews with Wu and her colleagues, students, friends, family, and competitors, as well as documents and existing literature, to detail her childhood in Liuhe, her education in Suzhou, her education at National Central U. and the U. of California at Berkeley, and her work and various teaching appointments.

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Date:Apr 1, 2014
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