Alfred S. Yue

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Alfred S. Yue
Born (1918-11-12)November 12, 1918
Guangzhou province, China
Died February 4, 2014(2014-02-04) (aged 95)
Sunnyvale, California
Nationality American
Fields Material Science Engineering
Institutions UCLA
Alma mater Jiaotong University

Alfred Shui-Choh Yue (November 12, 1918 – February 4, 2014),[1] was an American materials science engineer. Yue was a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of California in Los Angeles, having concluded a career of discovery regarding crystal growth as it relates to semi-conductor and solar-power devices.[2]


From 1957 to 1960, Yue was a research scientist at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan. Following that, he was recruited to the research division of Lockheed Missile and Space Corporation in Sunnyvale, California (1960–1969). Based on a series of seminal discoveries regarding crystal growth, he was recruited at the rank of Full Professor to the engineering department of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1969. Yue retired as emeritus professor in 1995. During his tenure at UCLA, Yue contributed to leveraging basic crystal-growth science for improved semi-conductor and solar-power devices.[3] [4] [5] [6] [7] Some of Yue's research was conducted during a series of groundbreaking experiments performed in space on NASA SkyLab projects.[8]

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Yue was born in Guangzhou Province, China and his direct ancestors include a successful California gold-rusher, and a worker on the first US transatlantic railroad. Yue received his BS in 1939 in geology from National Chiao Tong University. Following World War 2, Yue received a fellowship to pursue graduate studies in the USA, and received a Ph.D. in materials science engineering in 1957 from Purdue University.

Currently, Yue resided in Sunnyvale, California until his death in February 2014 at the age of 95.


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