The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has announced that Theodore Yaotsu Wu, professor, emeritus, of engineering science at the California Institute of Technology, was elected as a Foreign Member of the Academy. Wu, 78, who earned degrees from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China, Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in aeronautics from Caltech in 1952, is being recognized for his work in fluid mechanics and for his international academic interaction and collaboration, especially with CAS.
This year the Academy offered memberships to Wu and six others, bringing the total number of foreign members worldwide to 41. The CAS elects foreign members to assist in the future development of, and advances in, science and technology, education, research, and interaction between international scholars.
Wu, the author of several books and more than 150 scholarly papers, has contributed to the understanding of biophysical, geophysical, and physical fluid dynamics and has directed several research groups in the fields of hydrodynamics, and nonlinear ocean waves.
Wu is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and a fellow of the American Physical Society and Japan Society of Promotion of Science. In 1993, he was honored with the American Physical Society's Fluid Dnamics Prize, which is awarded annually to an individual for major contributions to fundamental fluid dynamics made during a career of outstanding work in the United States. (Source: Caltech news release).