Dr. Paul Chu was born on December 2, 1940, in Changsha, Hunan, in China. He grew up in Taiwan and attended Taiwan Provincial Cheng Kung University, graduating in 1962. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Taiwan, he served for a year in the Nationalist Chinese Air Force. Then Dr. Chu traveled to the United States to complete his Master of Science degree at Fordham University, earning his degree in 1965. In 1968, he completed his Ph.D. degree at the University of California San Diego. At the University of Houston, Dr. Chu currently serves as Professor of Physics to this day, as well as the T. L. L. Temple Chair of Science, and Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Texas Center for Superconductivity. He also is an Honorary Chancellor of the Taiwan Comprehensive University System, and President Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.