Shien Biau Woo

Shien Piao Woo (Chinese吴 仙 标, Pinyin Wú Xiānbiāo, born in 1937 in Shanghai, China) is an American politician. Between 1985 and 1989 he was Deputy Governor of the State of Delaware.


Shien Piao Woo grew up in his native China. In the wake of the communist takeover in 1949 he came with his parents to Hong Kong to the United States. At Georgetown College in Kentucky, he studied physics and mathematics. At Washington University in St. Louis, he earned a PhD in physics. In 1966 he became professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Delaware. Until his retirement in 2002, he retained this position.

Politically Woo first as a member of the Democratic Party. In 1984 he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Delaware. This post he held between 1985 and 1989. Yet he was Deputy Republican Governor Michael Castle and Chairman of the State Senate. In 1988 he ran for the U.S. Senate, but was defeated by Republican William V. Roth. Four years later, he failed with a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives against former Governor Castle. Since 2000, he is politically independent.

Today Woo is one of the leaders of the Chinese-American community in the United States. He is also engaged in various other Asian-American groups. He is also curator of the University of Delaware. Since 1963 he has been married to his wife Katy, with whom he has two now adult children.