Wu Youxun

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Wu Youxun
Born 26 February 1897
Gao'an, Jiangxi, Qing China
Died 30 November 1977(1977-11-30) (aged 80)
Beijing, People's Republic of China
Nationality People's Republic of China
Institutions Tsinghua University
National Central University
Alma mater University of Chicago
Academic advisors Compton
Known for Physics
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.

Wu Youxun or Y. H. Woo (simplified Chinese: 吴有训; traditional Chinese: 吳有訓; pinyin: Wú Yǒuxùn; 26 February 1897 – 30 November 1977) was a physical scientist. He had the courtesy name of Zhèngzhī (正之).


Wu graduated from the Department of Physics of Nanjing Higher Normal School (later renamed National Central University and Nanjing University), and was later associated with the Department of Physics at Tsinghua University. He was once the president of National Central University (later renamed Nanjing University and reinstated in Taiwan) and Jiaotong University in Shanghai. When he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago he studied x-ray and electron scattering, and verified the Compton effect which gave Arthur Compton the Nobel Prize in Physics.


In 2000, Chinese Physical Society established five prizes, in recognition of five pioneers of modern physics in China. Wu Youxun Prize is awarded to physicists in nuclear physics.