This little-known Chinese physicist is the veritable "mother of the atomic bomb"

Maybe everyone knows the proofparity non-conservation law

Nobel Prize winningYang Zhenning.

also know the worldfather of the atomic bomb robert oppenheimer.

but few people knowWu Jianxiong.

She is an outstanding Chinese physicist,

In the development and overthrow of the atomic bomb"The Law of Parity Conservation"

all played an important role.

BBC in"Women Forgotten by Science"According to reports

Wu Jianxiong is "One of the most important physicists of the 20th century.

Today, however, few people know her name. "


Young women, don't let the eyebrows

Wu Jianxiong1912Born in a scholarly family in Suzhou,

My father has been partial to Wu Jianxiong since he was a child,

Let her be in that era of extreme inequality between men and women,

Study and go to school with brothers at home.

It is said that one of Nash Wu Jianxiong's favorite novels,

JustBiography of Marie Curie.

Maybe this is somewhere for her to become"Madame Curie of China"

A seed was planted.



With father's cultivation and own efforts,

1930Wu Jianxiong entered Central University to studyMathematic major.

Driven by curiosity, she read some books on relativity and other aspects,

Unexpectedly, I was deeply attracted by scientific masters such as the Curies and Einstein.

So, in her second year, she applied fortransferred to the Department of Physics.

Under the tutelage of famous professorsShi ShiyuanMr.

Study abroad

 Later, in order to learn more advancedknowledge of physics,

In 1936, Wu Jianxiong chose to study in the United States.

she's hereUniversity of California Berkeley.

Studied under Dr. Lawrence

(TooOneNobel Laureate).


She graduated with a Ph.D. in 1940, and her articles have been published in

top journal in physicsPhysical Review.

butThe top 20 universities in the United States at that time,

never hired a female physicist,

So the school actuallyunwilling to hire her.

When Wu Jianxiong first entered the workplace,


Because of her identity as a woman and a Chinese, she sufferedunfair treatment.

Helpless, I can only continue to be a researcher in the laboratory.


mother of the atomic bomb

In 1942, the U.S. developed theAtomic bomb.

Gathered the most outstanding scientists in the western world,

Beginning of then-classified research"Manhattan Project".

Wu Jianxiong's grades are fully qualified to be invited,

But once again she was turned away because of her Chinese and female identity.

When research on the atomic bomb stalled,

Oppenheimer, who conducted the research, and Lawrence, who participated in the planning,

Invited Wu Jianxiong to join the "Manhattan Project".

She is also the only Chinese female physicist in the program.


Wu Jianxiong's research helped advance the research on "nuclear fission reaction",

Oppenheimer himself said:"Without Dr. Wu's thesis,

It is absolutely impossible to develop the atomic bomb so quickly. "

So she is a well-deserved "Mother of the Atomic Bomb".

However, out of discrimination against nationality and gender, the US authorities,

Don't mention Dr. Wu's contribution.


overthrow authority theory

But Dr. Wu's achievements are far more than that.

Yang Zhenning and Li Zhengdao proposed"Parity is not conserved"Suppose,

This tooThe research project that directly led to the two scientists winning the Nobel Prize.

At that time, scientists all over the world recognized the "Law of Conservation of Parity",

No one is willing to cooperate with Yang and Li.

After Wu Jianxiong heard their theories,

Immediately decided to join this research project,

anddesignedExperimental verification of the beta decay of polarized nuclear cobalt 60.

The experimental results were as they expected,

overthrows the law of parity conservation,

Shocked the entire scientific community at the time.


However, in 1957, the Nobel PrizeBut only awarded to Yang Zhenning and Li Zhengdao.

The Western world once again kept silent about Wu Jianxiong's achievements.

At that time, it also caused great controversy in the scientific community.

Even Thunberg, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988, said:

"If there is no Wu Jianxiong,

"The law of conservation of parity" will continue to mislead world physics".

Although her grades were repeatedly ignored,

Wu Jianxiongjustcalmly said,

She didn't do research for the glory,

can contribute to physics,

It is enough to be recognized by so many scientists.


1943 became Princeton's first everfirst female teacher.

In 1958, she became Princeton's first female honorary doctorate.

Elected in 1975President of the American Physical Society,and many more.

Various major international awards other than the Nobel Prize,

almost has her name.


Wu Jianxiong's lifehas contributed as much as any male scientist,

It further proves that Chinese scientists do not lose to anyone.

Even though she has faced social injustice,
Prejudice and public opinion have eclipsed her light,
Nor can it stop Chinese women from shining brightly in this world.
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