The contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are, somewhat ironically, incalculable. Asian Americans have been involved in American scientific discoveries and breakthroughs ever since America became a country. From nuclear power, to the internet, to birth control, to politics and black holes, Asian and Pacific Islanders have been involved in the greatest American advances in STEM. So for this year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’ve put together just a tiny slice of the thousands of contributors throughout the years:
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912 – 1997)
AKA “First Lady of Physics” Chien-Shiung Wu was a particle and experimental physicist, whose work helped prove the existence of quantum entanglement. In 1944 she was famously recruited by Enrico Fermi to join the Manhattan Project to work on the first practical nuclear reactor ever built.
Jerry Yang (b.1968)
Taiwanese-American billionaire computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and venture capitalist.Jerry Lang is also the co-founder and former Yahoo! CEO from 1992-2012.
Min Chueh Chang (1908 -1991)
Chinese-American reproductive biologist, and co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill.
Steven Chu (b.1958)
Nobel laureate in Physics in 1997 for research on cooling and trapping atoms using laser light, and the 12th United States Secretary of Energy.
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, (b.1983)
Nobel laureate in Physics whose research into stellar structure lead to our current theoretical models of black holes.