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WITI Hall of Fame

1996 Inductees


Ruth Leach Amonette Ruth Leach Amonette
First Female Vice President, IBM

Dr. Eleanor Baum Dr. Eleanor Baum
Dean of Engineering, Cooper Union Engineering school

Dr. Jaleh Daie Dr. Jaleh Daie
Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Dr. Barbara Grant Dr. Barbara Grant
Partner, American River Ventures

Stephanie L. Kwolek Stephanie L. Kwolek
Developed the Kevlar Fiber, DuPont

Dr. Misha Mahowald Dr. Misha Mahowald
Neuromorphic Engineer, Institute of Neuroinformatics

Linda Sanford Linda Sanford
Senior VP, Enterprise on Demand Transformation & Information Technology, IBM

Dr. Cheryl L. Shavers Dr. Cheryl L. Shavers
Chairman and CEO, Global Smarts, Inc.

Dr. Sheila Widnall Dr. Sheila Widnall
Secretary of the Air Force,

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu
Retired, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University



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Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu

Retired, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University

Inducted in: 1996

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu was a senior research scientist at Columbia University when she performed an experiment that changed the accepted view of the structure of the universe. By proving that identical nuclear particles do not always act alike, she disproved one of the widely accepted "laws" of physics, the conservation of parity or the idea that the universe is not biased toward left- or right-handed systems. This radically altered modern physical theory.

Dr. Wu, who immigrated to the United States from Shanghai in 1936 to study science, took her degree at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work at Columbia led physicists to discard the concept of parity conservation and provided some of the basic material that led to a Nobel Price in 1957 for Dr. Tsung-Dao Lee and Dr. Chen-Ning Yang.

Well known for her precise and extensive experimental work in nuclear beta decay of atoms, she demonstrated the sources effects on the shape of the beta spectrum, thus clarifying some misinterpretation of beta theory. She also made a systematic study on all orders of unique forbidden transitions, further strengthening belief in the forbidden theory of beta decay. The discovery of non-conservation of parity resulted in a sudden liberation of thinking about the basic structure of the physical world and spurred unprecedented advances in both experimental and theoretical study of the weak interactions. Confirmation of the nuclear beta decay theory put the universal Fermi interaction on a much firmer foundation.

Dr. Wu died in 1997 at the age of 84.

More information on Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu is available at the following:
Wu Chien Shiung Education Foundation
Chien-Shiung Wu, 84, Top Experimental Physicist (New York Times, February 18, 1997)




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