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Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu Honored with Stamp in 2021

black and white picture of WuChien-Shiung Wu will be honored with a United States Postal Service stamp in 2021. Wu was one of the renowned experimental physicists in the world and a postdoctoral fellow at E.O. Lawrence’s Radiation Lab, which later became Berkeley Lab. She received the first Wolf Prize in physics in 1978.

Chien-Shiung Wu arrived in Berkeley in 1936, on her way to graduate school at the University of Michigan to study physics. But she soon decided to stay in Berkeley—whether it was because she heard that women were not even allowed to use the front entrance at Michigan or because she was offered an opportunity to study under Ernest O. Lawrence is unclear.

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