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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chu.
Chu Ching-wu

Born February 12, 1941 (1941-02-12) (age 68)
Republic of China Changsha, Republic of China
Nationality Republic of China Republic of China
United States United States
Ethnicity Chinese
Fields Physic
Institutions Cleveland State University
Bell Laboratories
University of Houston
Hong Kong UST (2001-2009)

Paul Chu (né Ching-Wu Chu; 朱經武; pinyin: Zhū Jīngwǔ, born February 12, 1941) is an American-Chinese scientist, and was the President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2001 to 2009. He spent his childhood in Taiwan and received his Bachelor of Science degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1962. Chu currently serves as Professor of Physics and T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston.

Although born in Changsha, Hunan, his family was from Taishan, Guangdong Province.


Born in Changsha, Hunan in 1941, Paul Chu earned his Master of Science degree from Fordham University in 1965. He completed his Ph.D degree at the University of California at San Diego in 1968.

After two years of performing industrial research with Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, New Jersey, Prof. Chu was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at Cleveland State University in 1970. He was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor and Professor of Physics in 1973 and 1975, respectively.

He took up an appointment as Professor of Physics at the University of Houston in 1979, which he still holds. After the historic discovery (with Maw-Kuen Wu) of superconductivity above 77 K in YBCO in 1987, he was appointed the Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity.[1] He has served as the T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science at the same university since 1987. He also has served as a consultant and visiting staff member at Bell Laboratories, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, the Marshall Space Flight Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and DuPont at various time.

Prof. Chu has received numerous awards and honors for his outstanding work in superconductivity, including the US National Medal of Science and the International Prize for New Materials. He was an invited contributor to the White House National Millennium Time Capsule at the National Archives in 2000 and was selected the Best Researcher in the US by US News and World Report in 1990.

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (foreign member), Academia Sinica, Russian Academy of Engineering (RAE) and the Third World Academy of Sciences. His research activities extend beyond superconductivity to magnetism and dielectrics. He succeeded Professor Chia-Wei Woo as the President of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on 1 July 2001. President Chu's tenure as University President ended officially on 1 September 2009.

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  1. ^ M. K. Wu, J. R. Ashburn, C. J. Torng, P. H. Hor, R. L. Meng, L. Gao, Z. J. Huang, Y. Q. Wang, and C. W. Chu (1987). "SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AT 93-K IN A NEW MIXED-PHASE Y-BA-CU-O COMPOUND SYSTEM AT AMBIENT PRESSURE". Phys. Rev. Lett. 58: 908-910.  
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Preceded by
Woo Chia-wei
President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2001 - 2009
Succeeded by
Tony F. Chan


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