TZ Chu '52

TZ Chu '52

T. Z. Chu, Class of 1952, has been recognized for his pioneering work in analytical instrumentation, his facility as an early practitioner of global business strategy for smaller companies, his leadership in promoting diversity in management as a role model and as an industry leader, and his committed support of his high school and university through multiple means, including service as a Board member of Woodstock School.

Mr. Chu earned a BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. An active supporter of the university, he has served as a volunteer in numerous capacities, including as a trustee of UC Berkeley Foundation and volunteer fund-raiser. He established a Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry in 2005.

For 45 years, Mr. Chu enjoyed a successful career in the analytical and scientific instruments industry as a scientist, manager, entrepreneur, and venture investor in several pioneering instrumentation fields. The products, methodologies, and applications he helped to develop are the basis of worldwide environmental regulations, pharmaceuticals development, drugs-of-abuse detection, nuclear energy development and safeguards, and in molecular and cell biology research.

From 1962 through 1996, he organized and managed operations of his company in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan, and China. From 1972 to 2006, he served as a board member of private and public companies, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations. He was the first Asian chief executive officer of a publicly held technology company in North America in 1972, and from 1993 to 2006, he served as a board member of LSI Logic (New York Stock Exchange) and other public and private companies.

Mr. Chu was elected chairman of the highly influential American Electronics Association in 1980. In 1972 he was a founding board member of the Women's Resource Center, the first nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women's management careers in technology companies. He served on the boards of KW International, Kodaikanal International School, and Friends of Woodstock School from 1996 to 2006.

Mr. Chu, a U.S. citizen, was born in Shanghai, China, in 1934. His mother was Japanese, and his father was Chinese. His father received his university education in France. T. Z. Chu has been married to Irmgard Suetterlin Chu, a Swiss citizen, since 1963. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.



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