March 9 - Women’s History Month Profile: Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu was an amazing Chinese American experimental physicist and groundbreaking specialist at radioactive beta decay. She was among the group of experimental physicists that developed the first atomic bomb with the Manhattan Project, helping to develop a process to enrich uranium ore to produce large qualities of uranium fuel. Shortly after, she challenged basic ideas in physics, particularly the conservation of parity. Physics, before her experimental research, believed that there was always a complete symmetry between left and right. However, in 1956, she disproved the conversation of party by demonstrating that the laws of nature were not always symmetrical; parity was not preserved with weak interactions in decaying particles. Wu represents one of the most notable women in physics. She was the first female professor of Physics in Princeton University, first Chinese American to be elected into the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, first female president of the American Physical Society, and many more.