W is for Chien-Shiung Wu – Physicist #AtoZChallenge

W is for Chien-Shiung Wu – Physicist

++ A to Z of Notable Women in STEM ++

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912- 1997) was an experimental physicist who worked on the famous Manhattan Project.

Chien-Shiung Wu at Columbia University in 1958
Chien-Shiung Wu at Columbia University in 1958

Her research, in particular an experiment now called the Wu experiment, disproved what was thought to be a fundamental law of physics. This law was the ‘conservation of parity,’ which proposed that atomic nuclei were symmetrical. As it happens, they are not.

Schematic illustration of the Wu experiment demonstrating parity violation. Credit: Pen88 CC BY-SA 3.0
Schematic illustration of the Wu experiment demonstrating parity violation. Credit: Pen88 CC BY-SA 3.0

You can learn more about Chien-Shiung Wu here.

See more notable women of STEM in my contribution to the April A to Z blogging challenge for 2016.

Add your own “W-named women to the list in the comments below!

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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