The American Physical Society (APS美国物理学会) and the Chinese Physical Society (CPS中国物理学会) Will Co-Sponsor the September 24 Event to honor Madame Chien-Shiung Wu (吳健雄)
With over 40,000 members and 50,000 members respectively, two of the world’s most influential professional societies, the CPS and APS, have agreed to be the co-organizer of an event to honor one of the most important nuclear scientists of the 20th century, Madame Chien-Shiung Wu.
The president of CPS, Professor Zhang Jie (张杰) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the APS presidents of 2021 and 2024, Professor Sylvester J. Gates of the University of Maryland and Professor Young-Kee Kim of the University of Chicago, respectively, will be speaking at the event.
Madame Wu (1912-1997), among many of her distinguished achievements, was universally known for the following:
(a) She was the only Chinese involved in the Manhattan Project during WWII, and contributed significantly to the project;
(b) She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Princeton University;
(c) She was the scientist who led a Columbia-National Bureau of Standards team to conduct the experiment to prove that parity symmetry is broken in one of the four basic interacting forces in nature (nuclear weak force). This result altered our fundamental understanding of nature;
(d) She was the first female hired by the physics department of Columbia University;
(e) She was, in 1975, the first female president of the APS.
According to Professor Zhang Jie ( 张杰), the President of CPS, who enthusiastically said that:
“Prof. Wu was one of the most renowned Chinese American physicists. She was also the first female scientist who served as the President of APS. Given her outstanding academic achievements and contributions to promoting academic exchanges between Chinese and American physicists, It is indeed a great idea for CPS and APS to jointly co-sponsor this commemoration. “
Professor Zhang’s comment was ardently echoed by Dr. Jonathan Bagger, the Chief Executive Officer of APS, who said that:
“We are proud to honor Madame Wu and her service to the international physics community, as well as her service as President of APS. Likewise, we welcome the chance to partner with CPS toward recognizing her many contributions. “
About the C.S. Wu Global Forum
In order to commemorate Madame Chien Shiung Wu's 110 Anniversaries, Nanjing University Alumni Association United States (USAAUS) will host the first C.S. Wu Global Online Symposium, on September 24th, 2022. It welcomes scientists, teachers and students all over the world to join this open event.
The son of Madame C.S. Wu, Dr. Vincent Yuan, expressed his great pleasure in approving the NUAAUS to organize this commemorative event.
The U.S. Postal Service wrote to NUAAUS and authorized the use of Chien-shung Wu commemorative stamp to honor her as "one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century".