Xiaomeng Han is a graduate student in the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience. She uses electron microscopy to study neuronal connectivity.
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Xiong Wu (Chinese: 吳健雄) (born May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) is an American scientist of Chinese origins in the field of experimental physics, activity that has made significant contributions to the research of decay radioactivity. A worker on the Manhattan Project, she helped develop the uranium element into uranium-235 and uranium-238 by the gaseous diffusion process. She is famous for “Wu’s experiment”, which contradicts the equivalence theory, and this discovery won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1957 for her colleagues Tung Li and Chen Yang. She won the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.
The U.S. Postal Service on 2/11/21 unveiled a new postage stamp honoring Chien-Shiung Wu, “the First Lady of Physics.”