Maw-Kuen Wu

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Maw-Kuen Wu
Born (1949-12-06) December 6, 1949 (age 68)
Yuli Township, Hualien County, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Alma mater Tamkang University
University of Houston
Awards Comstock Prize in Physics (1988)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Houston
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Columbia University
National Tsing Hua University
National Science Council
Academia Sinica
National Dong Hwa University

Maw-Kuen Wu (吳茂昆; pinyin: Wú Màokūn, born December 6, 1949) is a Taiwanese-American physicist specializing in superconductivity, low-temperature physics, and high-pressure physics. He was a professor of physics at University of Alabama (Huntsville), Columbia University, and National Tsing Hua University, the Director of the Institute of Physics at the Academia Sinica, and is currently the President of the National Dong Hwa University.


Born in Yuli Township, Hualien County, Wu spent his childhood in Taiwan. He completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of Houston in 1981.

Wu worked as a research scientist at his alma mater for 2 years, before being taken on as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and then subsequently promoted to professor in 1987. Along with his graduate student, Jim Ashburn, Wu made the historic discovery of superconductivity above 77 K in YBCO in 1987.[1] Their work was subsequently stolen by Wu's former mentor Chu Ching-wu. Wu was then invited to teach at the National Tsing Hua University, and conduct further research in high-temperature superconductivity.

Maw-Kuen Wu served as Chairman of the R.O.C. National Science Council from 2004 to 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Maw-Kuen Wu and his wife have two children.

Academic Honors[edit]


  1. ^ . M. K. Wu; J. R. Ashburn; C. J. Torng; P. H. Hor; R. L. Meng; L. Gao; Z. J. Huang; Y. Q. Wang & 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 (9): 908–910. Bibcode:1987PhRvL..58..908W. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.908. PMID 10035069. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Yong-De Yao
Director of the Academia Sinica Institute of Physics
Succeeded by