Chien-Shiung Wu: Pioneering Nuclear Physicist (Makers of by Richard Hammond

By Richard Hammond

Born in China in 1912, Chien-shiung Wu got here to the us to check physics on the college of California at Berkeley. Madame Wu, as she used to be known as, was once the most distinct ladies physicists of her time, and served because the first woman president of the yankee actual Society within the Seventies.

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As she traveled throughout the country in 1941 giving talks about her research, she continued to wear traditional Chinese dress. ” The Manhattan Project 31 Although Wu learned English before she arrived at Berkeley, she never quite mastered the language. There were times when her pronunciation was so bad she could not be understood, and during times of excitement, her grammar would nosedive. Articles were the first casualties, being left out altogether, and then verbs joined the ranks of the missing.

For the first time, controlled nuclear reactions were possible. Lawrence headed the physics department at Berkeley and worked with the brilliant Emilio Segrè (1905–89). Wu might have been worried about working with a man known to have a fiery temper, but Courageous Hero fit right into his research team. ” Although many people had trouble pronouncing her given name and instead called her Miss Wu, later Madame Wu, Chien-shiung did not take on an Americanized name, as many Asians do. She also continued to wear traditional Chinese clothing, a habit she would maintain all her life.

At Princeton, Wu was able to help them. ” Although Wu is most renowned for her research, this quote provides an insight into her feelings about teaching, showing that she also took this part of her career seriously. The “Blackboard Interviews” Harold Urey had studied under Gilbert Lewis at Berkeley and in 1942, was at Columbia University devising ways to enrich uranium. After only a few months at Princeton, Wu went to an interview at Columbia. The research was classified, and the two men who interviewed Wu were careful not to talk about the details of their ongoing research.

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