Session X8: Migrations of Physicists

2:30 PM–5:30 PM, Thursday, March 24, 2011
Room: Ballroom C4

Sponsoring Units: FHP FIP
Chair: Noemie Koller, Rutgers University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.MAR.X8.5

Abstract: X8.00005 : Chinese/American Physicists: A Transnational History

4:54 PM–5:30 PM

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  Zuoyue Wang
    (Cal State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona)

As part of a broader project on ``Chinese/American Scientists: Transnational Science during the Cold War and Beyond,'' this paper examines the movements of American-trained Chinese physicists following the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. While a majority of these physicists chose to stay in the US (the ``stayees''), a number went back to China in the 1950s (the ``returnees'') against many obstacles during the McCarthy era. After the reopening of US-China relations in the 1970s, the two groups joined hands in promoting China-US scientific and educational exchanges, leading eventually to the coming to the US of a new generation of Chinese physics students and the return to China of some of the original ``stayees.'' This transnational history of Chinese/American physicists aims to illustrate the nature and extent of the Americanization of international science and the internationalization of American science in the post-World War II era.

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