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A Pioneer’s Perseverance

Born in war-torn Hong Kong to a prominent but absent father and his sixth concubine, UW physicist Sau Lan Wu has overcome stunning obstacles on her path to three major scientific discoveries.

Preston Schmitt ’14
May 30, 2019

Vassar College conferred 625 bachelor’s degrees in its 150th commencement ceremony on May 25, 2014.
Photo credit: John Abbott/Vassar College

Born in war-torn Hong Kong to a prominent but absent father and his sixth concubine, UW physicist Sau Lan Wu has overcome stunning obstacles on her path to three major scientific discoveries.

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