Scientist, teacher, and the founder of the Chicago Chinese Women’s Club.
Born in Soochow, China, in 1894. She was sent to the US by her parents to receive a better education. At the time, only a few women were studying in universities, and even less so minority women. By 1918 she received a PhD in nutrition and chemistry from the University of Chicago. She worked as a researcher in several institutes and hospitals in the US and considered a pioneer in her field.
Wang participated in many civic efforts in Chicago; her most known one was the foundation of the Chicago Chinese Women’s Club in 1937, which she kept active for over a decade. The club did well in fundraising, as well as in helping the American efforts in World War II, and in promoting women’s civil rights.
Chi Che Wang Playlot Park in Chicago was named in her honor in 2004. It is located less than two miles from the research headquarters at Children’s Memorial Hospital, one of the places where Wang worked and promoted science.
More Interesting Anecdotes:
- She taught physiology at the Northwestern University Medical School.
- Her contribution to medical research was honored when she was elected as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- She researched children’s metabolism and was later hired as a department head to conduct medical research for Michael Reese Hospital.