Giants in History: Chi Che Wang

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Chi Che Wang ( 1894 - 1979)


Chinese biochemist Chi Che Wang (1894 - 1979), one of the first Chinese women to study abroad, advanced to prominent research positions at American institutions including the University of Chicago and the Northwestern University Medical School. Wang’s interest in nutrition and food chemistry produced several research projects exploring childhood metabolism. These formed an important part of her distinguished research and teaching career. Wang was a department head in Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital, and in 1922 was elected as a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. A proponent of female empowerment, Wang also co-founded the Chicago Chinese Women's Club. The Chi Che Wang Park in Chicago is named in her honour.

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