Steven Chu

Steven Chu


Steven Chu is an American physicist and a former government official born on February 28, 1948, In Missouri, U.S.

Family Background:

He is born to Ju-Chin Chu and Ching-Chen Li. His father was a professor with a doctorate in chemical engineering while his mother studied economics. He has two siblings, Gilbert, and Morgan Chu.

Personal Life:

He married two times. First, He had married Lisa Chu-Thielbar, an astrobiologist, with her he has two sons. In 1997, He married Jean Fetter, a British citizen.


He had attended the ‘Garden City High School’, in New York City. In 1970, He had completed graduation with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from ‘University of Rochester’.


In 1976, He had received a Doctorate of Physics from the ‘University of California’ at Berkeley. For the next two years, He would serve as a Fellow at the same university, where He had worked to develop new techniques with lasers. In 1978, He had hired as a director of Quantum Electronics Research for ‘Bell Laboratories’. He would keep this post for the next four years. In 1983, He had become a research physicist for ‘Bell Laboratories’ where he would continue to serve for the next five years. In 1987, He had become a professor of Applied Physics at ‘Stanford University’, He would proceed to hold this title for the next 17 years. In 2004, he was appointed to be a Member of the Board of ‘NVIDA’ computer graphics and hardware company, a position he would hold for the next five years. On January 21, 2009, Chu had been appointed as the United States Secretary of Energy. He would keep that post for the next four years.

Steven Chu

Unknown Facts:

  • He took an interest in Sports and teaching.
  • He never learned to speak Chinese. He said his parents had been only spoken to him in English.

Master Stroke:

  • In 2009, He had become the second Chinese American to become a member of the U.S. Cabinet as the Secretary of Energy.


  • Steven Chu had faced controversy for a statement He had made previous to being appointed, claiming in a September 2008 interview with the Wall Street Journal that “somehow we had to estimate out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1996, He had been awarded a prestigious ‘Guggenheim Fellowship’.
  • In 1997, He and two other scientists were awarded a Nobel Prize for Physics.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Steven Chu, Keep Learning, never stop learning new things.

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