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You-Hua Chu

You-Hua Chu

(U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

I was born and raised in Taiwan. I received a B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. When I started my graduate study in astronomy with nearly zero background knowledge, I thought I was going to study cosmology. As I learned more about astronomy, I became fascinated by the interactions between stars and the interstellar medium. I have been studying this subject for the last 25 years, using observations at optical, UV, X-ray, and radio wavelengths.

I had an unusual career path because of my family situation.When my three children were young, I was a soft-money researcher for 12 years. I obtained a regular faculty position in 1997 and am a full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Incidentally, my oldest daughter is doing her graduate study
in observatoinal cosmology! Perhaps my old dream will be
fulfilled after all...

The data from the Hubble image of N11B are taken from HST proposal 6698. Other co-investigators on this project include: D. Bomans and K. Weis (Universitat Bochum), G. Garcia-Segura and M. Rosado (UNAM), A. Laval (Observatoire de Marseille), S. Points (Northwestern U.), H. Yang (U. Minnesota - Twin Cities). Y. Nazé (Universite de Liège, Belgium) is also a science collaborator.