Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2011
Volume 56, Number 1
Monday–Friday, March 21–25, 2011; Dallas, Texas
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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(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.
*This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. SES-1026879.
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