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Chien-Shiung Wu

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Women & the American Story: Chien-Shiung Wu, Physicist and Manhattan Project Contributor

 

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Chien-Shiung Wu, "The First Lady of Physics"

 

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Chien-Shiung Wu: First Lady Of Physics | 7 Days Of Genius | MSNBC

 

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Chien-Shiung Wu: Unsung Heroes of Science 2020

 

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Women's History Minute: "Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu"

Chien-Shiung Wu 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 metal into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the hypothetical law of conservation of parity. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics, and earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include "the First Lady of Physics", "the Chinese Madame Curie", and the "Queen of Nuclear Research".
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