Tsung-Dao Lee

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Tsung-Dao Lee (Chinese: 李政道; pinyin: Lǐ Zhèngdào; born November 24, 1926) is a Chinese-American physicist, known for his work on parity violation, the Lee–Yang theorem, particle physics, relativistic heavy ion (RHIC) physics, nontopological solitons, and soliton stars. He was a university professor emeritus at Columbia University in New York City, where he taught from 1953 until his retirement in 2012. In 1957, at the age of 30, Lee won the Nobel Prize in Physics with Chen Ning Yang for their work on the violation of the parity law in weak interactions, which Chien-Shiung Wu experimentally proved from 1956 to 1957, with her well known Wu experiment. Lee remains the youngest Nobel laureate in the science fields after World War II. He is the third-youngest Nobel laureate in sciences in history after William L. Bragg (who won the prize at 25 with his father William H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tsung-Dao Lee has received more than 591,772 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Tsung-Dao Lee is the 173rd most popular physicist (up from 219th in 2019), the 163rd most popular biography from China (up from 239th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Physicist.

Tsung-Dao Lee is most famous for his work in the development of the theory of parity violation.

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Among physicists, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 173 out of 851Before him are Gerd Binnig, Joseph Rotblat, Melvin Schwartz, Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, Hans Georg Dehmelt, and George E. Smith. After him are Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Emilio Segrè, Polykarp Kusch, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Martin Lewis Perl, and Alexander Prokhorov.

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Among people born in 1926, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 34Before him are Ivan Illich, Leopoldo Galtieri, George Habash, John Coltrane, Beji Caid Essebsi, and Allen Ginsberg. After him are Paul Berg, Harper Lee, Irwin Rose, Murray Rothbard, Valdas Adamkus, and Mel Brooks.

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Among people born in China, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 163 out of 1,610Before him are Shen Kuo (1031), Yang Chen-Ning (1922), Liu Shan (207), Su Shi (1037), Wang Wei (699), and Sun Bin (-401). After him are Wu Sangui (1612), Tianqi Emperor (1605), Emperor Taizong of Song (939), Zhu De (1886), Taichang Emperor (1582), and King Zhou of Shang (-1105).


Among physicists born in China, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 3Before him are Walter Houser Brattain (1902), and Yang Chen-Ning (1922). After him are Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Qian Xuesen (1911), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), and He Jiankui (1984).