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date: 26 February 2021

Wu, Chien-Shiung locked

(31 May 1912–16 February 1997)
  • Sara Diaz

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Wu, Chien-Shiung (31 May 1912–16 February 1997), nuclear physicist, was born in Liuhe, China, to Wu Zhongyi and Fan Fuhua. Wu Zhongyi participated in the 1911 Chinese Revolution and advocated for women’s equality. He founded a school for girls in Liuhe, where Chien-Shiung received her early education. He also encouraged her to study science. In 1922 Chien-Shiung went to Soochow Girls School in Suzhou for high school. There she followed in her father’s footsteps by studying science and engaging in revolutionary activities. In 1930 she began studying at National Central University in Nanjing and continued her political activism. After she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1934, she was accepted to graduate school in physics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor....

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