ow point in superconductivity research. But no matter what, we should keep this little group going."
"I told them that if they wanted to make names
for themselves this would give us better hope
than any other thing we could do."
And a few months later, his patience and labors earned him a place in the history books.
With his clasped hands resting firmly in his
lap, Chu says his perseverance does not come
without a price, however.
"Since I like to work in the laboratory so much
in order to squeeze out the time, I cannot spend
so much time with my children," he says.
"That's the only part I really miss."
His children, Claire, 14, and Albert, 7, however, have adjusted well to the situation, he says.
"To a certain extent they don't feel it that much
because even in the old days I did not spend that
much time with my children. But now it is even
Even his wife, May, understands that her husband's work puts him on call almost 24 hours a
day, he says.
"She is handling it fine. And she is extremely
supportive because she never complains," Chu
says with a chuckle. "During the old day when
no one knew me, and I spent all the time working
in the laboratory, she never complained."
When Chu isn't in his lab or spending time
with his family, he says he's probably doing what
most other people are doing — playing.
He rarely watches television or goes to the movies, although Chu says he occassionally dabbles
in paints, clays, dirt and poetry.
"I have lots of hobbies. I like painting, sculpting and gardening. I do very crude things with
them because I never have time to become an
expert. And I like hiking but I only have an
opportunity to hike when in the East," he says.
Reading poetry is something Chu says he also
kes to do because it requires
a certain amount
of discipline, which turns out to be, he added,
indirectly related to science.
"I can see the parallel between poems and
science because in science what you try to
accomplish is economical, so you try to simplify everything and compile it into one simple
theory to deal with natural phenomenon. But
when you try to deal with human feelings and
emotions, that also is extremely economical, so
you go to poetry."
As for sports, Chu says he isn't the world's
greatest athlete, but he likes to try his hand at
Ping-Pong from time to time.
But after playtime is over, he says, it's time
to jump back on the horse. He must remember
who he is, and what he has to do, because
nothing is accomplished by laziness, Chu says.
Chu says when examining everything that
has transpired over the past three years —
being awarded a $1.5 million endowed professorship at UH, receiving the National Medal
of Science from Former President Ronald Reagan, the opening of the Texas Superconductivity Center — he feels respected.
"I feel honored and greatful to my <
leagues. Particularly those at UH because I
so many people that I have only read about
books. But now I can stand side by side with
And Chu says, in years to come, when all t
publicity about his work has finally died down,
he hopes, "If 1 have done anything significant,
it will be remembered accordingly. And the
way I have been remembered so far is satisfying." ► Tanya Deason
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