Sketches of Significant Women: Chien-Shiung Wu

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The “first lady of physics” who dedicated her life to the advancement of science and was an encouraging advocate for women in STEM. Despite being shunned in the 1957 Nobel Prize for Physics, Wu never forgot that her passion lay in research, not rewards. Whether you agree with nuclear warfare or not, she was an indispensable leader who let her work talk for itself.

KEY FACTS:

Name: Chien-Shiung Wu
Born: 31st May 1912 (Liuhe, China)
Died: 16th February 1997 (New York, USA)

ONLINE SOURCES:

great biographical pdf
scientific american blog post
Stuff Mom Never Told You hall of fame entry

 

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