Paul Chu, Research Pioneer in Superconductivity, Speaks at UTD on March 22, 2001
Professor Chu will also receive the CIE/USA-DFW Distinguished Achievement Award

The University of Texas at Dallas and the Chinese Institute of Engineers – Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter are pleased to announce that Professor Paul C. W. Chu, Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity and the T. L. L. Temple Chair of Science at the University of Houston, will visit The University of Texas at Dallas on March 22, 2001, to meet with students, faculty, and science and technology professionals of the Metroplex. He will deliver a talk entitled, “Fifteen Years of High Temperature Superconductivity” at 2:00 p.m. in the McDermott Auditorium in UTD’s Library. In the evening, Dr. Chu will receive the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA-DFW Distinguished Achievement Award in a dinner banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance (North Dallas) Hotel.

As of June of 2001, Professor Chu will assume the presidency of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Asia’s fastest growing technological university.

“Paul’s achievements in scientific and technological research are world renowned,” said Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, UTD’s Vice President for Research and Graduate Education. “As his friend and admirer for many years, I am deeply gratified that Paul has accepted our invitation to visit UTD and Dallas in the midst of his doubly busy schedule of continuing his cutting-edge research at the University of Houston while simultaneously preparing for his transition to Hong Kong.”

Hobson Wildenthal, UTD’s Executive Vice President and Provost, remarks, “Thirteen years ago, just after Dr. Chu had made his first ground-breaking discoveries in high-temperature superconductivity, I had the honor of introducing him to an audience of 1000 in Philadelphia. His address electrified the audience of high-school students, college students, faculty and professionals. I have continued to observe his highly successful career since then with great admiration, but with no surprise, after that first exposure to his dynamism. I am excited that I will now have another opportunity to visit with him, this time as I welcome him to the hotbed of research and education in science and technology that has developed around UTD.”

The Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA-DFW is one of America’s oldest and largest professional associations for Chinese Americans, and the DFW Chapter has nearly a thousand members. Dr. Twen-Hwang Lin, of Texas Instrument and CIE/USA-DFW Executive Vice President, notes, “Paul Chu is a household name both in the scientific world at large and in Chinese-American communities across the United States. We are very pleased to be able to cooperate with our friends and colleagues at The University of Texas at Dallas in welcoming and recognizing this great scientist and leader to the DFW area.”

Dr. Chu’s many accolades include membership in the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), the Academic Sinica (Taipei), the Third World Academy of Sciences, and the Electromagnetic Academy. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Texas Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary doctorates from Northwestern University, Fordham University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Florida International University, The State University of New York at Farmingdale, and Whittier College. In 1990 he was selected as the “Best Researcher” in the U. S. by U. S. News and World Report.

Dr. Chu was born in Hunan, China, and received the B.S. degree from Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. After service with the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, he earned the M.S. degree from Fordham University and the Ph.D. degree at the University of California at San Diego. All three degrees are in Physics. He assumed his appointment at the University of Houston in 1979. He has also served as consultant and visiting staff member at Bell Labs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Marshall Space Flight Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and DuPont.

In addition to over 460 papers, Dr. Chu has co-edited the book, High Pressure and Low Temperature Physics (New York: Plenum Press, 1978) and has written popular articles for Fund and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia on lasers and superconductivity, the McGraw-HIll Yearbook of Science and Technology (1989) on superconductivity, and the Encyclopedia of Applied Physics on superconductivity and high temperature.

Dr. Chu began his research on superconductivity with Nobel Laureate Bernd T. Matthias at the University of California at San Diego. In January 1987, he and his colleagues achieve stable superconductivity at -290 degrees Farenheit, above the critical temperature of liquid nitrogen (-321 degrees Farenheit). Recently, they have observed stable superconductivity at a new record high temperature of -164 degrees Farenheit. At present, he is actively engaged in the basic and applied research of high temperature superconductivity. His research activities extend beyond superconductivity to include magnetism and dielectrics.

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, currently enrolls approximately 6500 undergraduate and 4500 graduate students. UTD faculty members have an established tradition of scholarly achievement and extra-mural funding, and its freshman class annually stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The University offers strong bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through each of its six larger schools: Arts & Humanities, The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Human Development, Management, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. This comprehensive breadth is complemented by an historical and authorized focus on engineering, management, and science.

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