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, where he taught from 1953 until his retirement in 2012.In 1957, Lee, at the age of 30, 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 legendary 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. Bragg in 1915) and Werner Heisenberg (who won in 1932 also at 30). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tsung-Dao Lee has received more than 392,270 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Tsung-Dao Lee is the 221st most popular physicist (down from 217th in 2019), the 244th most popular biography from China (down from 203rd in 2019) and the 4th 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 221 out of 721Before him are Mihajlo Pupin, Chien-Shiung Wu, Arthur Ashkin, Carl von Linde, Edmond Becquerel, and Arthur Leonard Schawlow. After him are Joseph Swan, Johannes Rydberg, Yoichiro Nambu, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., David J. Thouless, and John Tyndall.

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Among people born in 1926, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 60Before him are Richard Matheson, Irwin Rose, Sydney Chaplin, Nuon Chea, Steve Reeves, and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba. After him are Sergio Corbucci, George Habash, Tony Bennett, César Pelli, Ta Mok, and Abdoulaye Wade.

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Among people born in China, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 244 out of 1,186Before him are Zhao Bing (1271), Chien-Shiung Wu (1912), Wang Xizhi (303), Sima Shi (208), Meng Tian (-250), and Abaoji (872). After him are Xu Huang (169), Xiao He (-257), Taishi Ci (166), Ban Gu (32), Emperor Qinzong (1100), and Fan Li (-500).


Among physicists born in China, Tsung-Dao Lee ranks 4Before him are Yang Chen-Ning (1922), Walter Houser Brattain (1902), and Chien-Shiung Wu (1912). After him are Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Qian Xuesen (1911), and He Jiankui (1984).