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Famous Chinese Americans Science and Technology

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Steve Chen

b.1944, Taiwan
Supercomputer designer. Designed parallel vector supercomputers for Cray Research in the 1980s. Later on founded his own supercomputer firm and a mid-range server firm built on commodity processors but the company did not succeed commercially. In 2004, he joined a Chinese company in Shenzhen, China to continue his dream of building supercomputers.
Steven Chen

b. 1978, Taiwan
Software engineer and co-founder of YouTube. Born in Taipei, Steve immigrated with his parents to the United States when he was eight years old. He worked for a time at Paypal, where he would meet Chad Hurley. In 2005, they founded YouTube, which would quickly become the most popular video sharing site. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.6 billion. Steve continues to work at YouTube as its Chief Technology Officer.
Shiing-Shen Chern

b. 1911, Jiaxing
d. 2004, Tianjin
Mathematician. He got his doctorate in Hamburg after getting his undergraduate degree in China. He worked at the University of Chicago and at UC Berkeley. His area of specialty was differential geometry, focusing on an area now named after him, the Chern characteristics.
Paul C.W. Chu

b. 1941, Hunan
Physicist and leading researcher on superconductivity. He was the first to create ceramic compounds with superconducting characteristics at relatively high temperature of -290°F, thus bringing closer to reality the possibility of practical superconductors. He is currently the Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at a professor of physics at the University of Houston.
Steven Chu

b. 1948, St.Louis, MO
Physicist. After obtaining a PhD in Physics from the UC Berkeley, he worked at Berkeley and Bell Labs before joining the staff of Stanford University as a professor of physics and applied physics. He was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for "development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".  In January 2009, he was sworn in as President Obama's Secretary of Energy.
Tsung-Dao Lee

b. 1926, Shanghai 
Physicist. He obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago. He taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Together with his partner, Chen-Ning Yang, he won the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics for the "investigation of the so-called parity laws which has led to important discoveries regarding the elementary particles", becoming the first Chinese to win a Nobel Prize in any field.
Yuan-Tseh Lee

b. 1936, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Chemist.  He obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley. He did research for Harvard and the University of Chicago before returning to Berkeley to teach. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his "contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes". In 1994, he returned to Taiwan to head the Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest research institute.