Wu Youxun

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Wu Youxun
Wu in 1921
Born26 February 1897
Died30 November 1977(1977-11-30) (aged 80)
Beijing, China
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Known forPhysics
Scientific career
InstitutionsTsinghua University
National Central University
Academic advisorsCompton

Wu Youxun or Y. H. Woo (simplified Chinese: 吴有训; traditional Chinese: 吳有訓; pinyin: Wú Yǒuxùn; Wade–Giles: Wu Yu-hsun; 26 February 1897 – 30 November 1977) was a Chinese physicist. His courtesy name was 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 served as president of National Central University 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, the Chinese Physical Society established five prizes, in recognition of five pioneers of modern physics in China. The Wu Youxun Prize is awarded to physicists in nuclear physics.