Can You Guess That Grad?

In 1991, what acclaimed physicist had an annual U-M lecture series named in his honor and endowed by gifts from the U-M Alumni Association in Taiwan? See answer below.
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Photo courtesy of the Physics Department of the University at Buffalo

TA-YOU WU, MA’32, PHD’33, HSCD’91, earned his nickname “the Father of Chinese Physics” thanks to his contributions to a number of fields, including the study of transuranic elements, solid-state physics, and molecular physics. Wu enjoyed a distinguished teaching career, serving on the faculty of institutions from China to Buffalo, New York, and lecturing into his 90s. In addition to his research, Wu mentored many students who would go on to great achievements of their own, including 1957 Nobel Prize winners Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee.

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