Daniel C. Tsui

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Name: Daniel C. Tsui            

Country: Born in China. Citizen and resident of the USA

Date of birth: 28.02.1939

Education: PhD Graduate 

Type of business: Physicist. 

Main Achievements: Won Noble Prize in Physics in 1998. He won the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize in 1984. He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics in 1998.

Something interesting about the person: Daniel Chee Tsui is known for the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect. 


Danial Chee Tsui is a famous American physicist who was born in China. He was born in Henan, a province in China. There he studied from his local village school before moving to Hong Kong in 1951 for middle school. He graduated from the Pui Ching Middle School in 1957 from where he was admitted into a medical college located in Taiwan, the National Taiwan University. Tsui was lucky enough to get a scholarship to one of the most prestigious university in Chicago, Augustana College. 

Daniel had luck on his side and moved to the United States in 1958 from where he graduated from the Augustana College in 1961. Physics piqued Tsui’s interest, and he continued his studies as he received his PhD in the subject from the University of Chicago in 1967. Describing the University of Chicago as intense and intellectual, it was there he met his future wife. He married Linda Varland after she graduated from the University of Chicago. After a year of taking part in the doctoral research in Chicago, he joined the Bell Laboratories. Here he was able to accomplish more of what marks the success of his career. The famous two-dimensional electrons were a result of his studies. 

Daniel Tsui’s area of expertise included the study of electrical properties. Other than solid-state physics, semiconductors that contained microstructures were the studies that Tsui indulged his time in. For his commendable work in the discovery of the quantum hall effect, along with two other reputable individuals’, he was awarded the Noble Prize. 

He was given the privilege of being a Professor at Princeton University in 1982. He taught Electrical Engineering, and it was shortly after this time that he was bestowed with the Noble Prize. With dedication, hard work, and the love he had for physics, he was able to reach the top. At Boston University he was appointed as a research professor and was able to achieve more success. Moreover, at Columbia University, he was appointed to be the senior research scientist in his field of expertise, physics. 

Tsui contributed numerous times in the field of physics and worked on a lot of concepts to further enhance this field. Opening opportunities for numerous other physic fanatics. In Princeton University 2010, he retired as the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor. 

Currently, he is an active fellow and contributor in the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the American Physical Society, per the 2004 and 1985 elections respectively. Moreover, he became an active fellow contributor in the United States National Academy of Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. Tsui’s accomplishments do not take a break here. He was elected as the Academician of Academia Sinica in 1992 located in the state of Taipei. Moreover, he was elected as the Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2000. 

Tsui’s accomplishments have led him to be the well-known physicist he is today. Being the only Chinese in his college when the United States would have eventually proved to be a challenge. Nonetheless, he outgrew the challenge and accomplished more than the average person. He earned rewards and prizes for his extensive contribution in the field of physics, other than the Noble Prize. He was also rewarded the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize in 1984 and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics in 1998.