Chien-Shiung Wu

1912 - 1997

Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu (Chinese: 吳健雄; May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) 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 into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which proved that parity is not conserved. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chien-Shiung Wu has received more than 446,431 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 262nd most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Chien-Shiung Wu ranks 261 out of 659Before her are Giovanni Battista Venturi, Theodor W. Hänsch, Samuel C. C. Ting, Serge Haroche, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, and Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier. After her are Rainer Weiss, Douglas Osheroff, Edmond Becquerel, Ludwig Prandtl, Allan MacLeod Cormack, and Klaus Fuchs.

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Among people born in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu ranks 50Before her are Taiichi Ohno, Elsa Morante, Don Siegel, Princess Deokhye, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, and Juan Pujol García. After her are Tibor Sekelj, Minoru Yamasaki, Cornel Wilde, Isser Harel, Shoichi Nishimura, and John Payne. Among people deceased in 1997, Chien-Shiung Wu ranks 43Before her are Nikolai Tikhonov, Chaim Herzog, Alfred Hershey, Charles Brenton Huggins, Dodi Fayed, and Stéphane Grappelli. After her are Carl Gustav Hempel, Alexander R. Todd, Shoichi Yokoi, Gerda Christian, Friedrich Hund, and Bulat Okudzhava.

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In China

Among people born in China, Chien-Shiung Wu ranks 275 out of 921Before her are Taiichi Ohno (1912), Zhu Wen (852), Emperor Huan of Han (132), Ei-ichi Negishi (1935), Emperor Shun of Han (115), and Trưng Sisters (12). After her are Kong Rong (153), Donnie Yen (1963), Emperor An of Han (94), Qi Jiguang (1527), Emperor Duzong (1240), and Edmond H. Fischer (1920).


Among physicists born in China, Chien-Shiung Wu ranks 4Before her are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), Yang Chen-Ning (1922), and Tsung-Dao Lee (1926). After her are Daniel C. Tsui (1939) and Qian Xuesen (1911).

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