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educator , physics professor , research scientist

Frank Hsia-San Shu, Chinese physics professor, research scientist, educator. Recipient Bok prize, Harvard University, 1972, Warner prize, 1977, Dirk Brouwer award for Dynamical Astronomy, 1996, Heinemann prize, 2000, Centennial Medal, Harvard University, 2008, Shaw prize in Astronomy, The Shaw Prize Foundation, 2009; Sloan research fellow, 1972-1974.


Shu, Frank Hsia-San was born on June 2, 1943 in Kunming, China. Arrived in United States, 1949. Son of Shien-Siu and Irene I-Jen (Hsia) Shu.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, Harvard University, 1968.


Assistant professor State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1968-1971, associate professor, 1971-1973, University California, Berkeley, 1973-1976, professor astronomy, 1976—2002, chairman Department Astronomy, 1984-1996, chancellor's professor astronomy, 1996—1998, university professor, 1998—2002, faculty research lecturer science & engineering, 2001. President National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 2002—2006. Distinguished professor University California, San Diego, since 2006, university professor, since 2006.

Research associate Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1968, senior research associate, 71. Visiting scientist Kapteyn Astronomical Laboratory, Groningen, Netherlands, 1973. Member Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1982.

Oort professor Leiden University, Netherlands, 1996. Served on United States National Research Council Blue-Ribbon Committee, 2001. Thomas Gold lectureship Cornell University, 2002.

Chairman selection committee in astronomy The Shaw Prize, Hong Kong, 2003—2007, member board adjudicators, Hong Kong, 2005—2007. Member Science & Technology Advisory Group Advisor on Energy to Premier, Taiwan. Caroline Herschel lecturer Space Telescope Science Institute, 2007.

Ta-You lecturer University Michigan, 2007.


Pamphlet writer McGovern Campaign, Suffolk County, New York, 1972. Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philosophical Society, Astronomical Society of Pacific (board directors 1985-1986, Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for a lifetime of achievement in astronomy 2009), American Astronomical Society (councilor 1982-1985, president 1994-1996, Warner prize 1977, Dannie Heineman prize for astrophysics 2006), International Astronomical Union, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Chess, poker, bridge, sports, wine, food.


Married Helen Chien-Ping Pu, June 22, 1968.

Shien-Siu Shu

Irene I-Jen (Hsia) Shu

Helen Chien-Ping Pu