Ziyu Wu was born on August 1, 1956 in Anqing, Anhui Province of China. He graduated at the University of Science and Technology of China in 1982, earned a master’s degree in 1985 and then a condensed matter physics Ph.D. in 1988. He was senior scientist at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Italy from 1998 to 2008. During this time, he was also a visiting scientist at Stanford University, and visiting professor in France at the CNRS and CEA, and in Germany at the Bayreuth University.
After the introduction of the Hundred Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2000, he returned in China where since 2008 was the vice-director of the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility of the Institute of High Energy Physics. From December 2008 to July 2014, Prof. Wu Ziyu was appointed as director of the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory of the University of Science and Technology of China. After, he became the director of the Institute of High Energy Multidisciplinary Center in Beijing in the October 2014.
Ziyu Wu was a talented and passionate scientist working in many new areas of synchrotron radiation, promoting in China the development of synchrotron radiation research and related theoretical studies. He also gave great contributions to research with a series of workshops and outstanding work achieving high praise from both domestic and foreign institutions. Prof. Wu in particular, contributed to strengthen and established many international exchanges and cooperation based on synchrotron radiation research and applications. In particular, in recognition of his “special merits” and outstanding contribution to the scientific cooperation between Italy and China on December 4, 2013 he was awarded with the title of Commendatore and the Medal of the Order of the Silver Star of the Italian Republic, one of the highest-ranking honors awarded by the President of the Italian Republic.
Ziyu Wu always had a great love for his country and, until the last days of his life, devoted his time to science and education while being indifferent to fame and fortune. He worked hard and with passion, giving an extraordinary contribution to the development of synchrotron radiation science in China. His unique contribution to the development of the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility and to the upgrade of the Hefei synchrotron radiation ring, are the two most significant contributions. He trained dozens of young students; many of them are now leading lights in the field of synchrotron radiation research and related disciplines. For all of us he will live forever in our hearts.
(Courtesy of Dr Augusto Marcelli)