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Official Obituary of

Xiuming Zhou 周修铭

February 4, 1934 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Xiuming Zhou 周修铭 Obituary

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Xiuming Zhou, of Boston, Massachusetts, on February 19th, 2024, at the age of 90 years.

Born in Shanghai, China, on February 4th, 1934, Xiuming was a prodigious student from a young age, showcasing his brilliance, especially in math and physics. He graduated from Shanghai Yucai High School in 1954 and immediately joined the prestigious Physics Department of Peking University. In his junior year, he was among the first selected for the newly established Department of Technical Physics, graduating with honors in 1957. His pioneering work in nuclear physics, especially in isotope separation alongside luminaries like Xingnan Jing and Yunbin Liu, has profoundly influenced the field. In his twenties, Xiuming became one of the youngest Research Fellows at the Institute of Atomic Energy of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was one of the first to be awarded the title of Professor of Engineering, and he received a high honor from the State Council of China as an expert from the State Council of China.

Xiuming's voracious appetite for learning continued well into his later years, undeterred by the vision problems that eventually curtailed his nightly reading sessions. He found joy in exploring the mysteries of the universe, often sharing this passion with his grandchildren, teaching them to look at the world with curiosity and awe.

Xiuming Zhou was a beloved husband to Boying Liu, a devoted father to Zhihong and her husband Qingguo Tian, Zhijing and her husband Jianggang Guo, and Zhiqi and her husband Hao Xu. He was a cherished grandfather to Zhicheng Tian, Jerry Guo, Jason Guo, and Ashley Xu. Xiuming's legacy is not only in his scientific achievements but also in the love and wisdom he imparted to his family. His children and grandchildren will carry forward his legacy of inquiry and kindness.

A funeral service to honor Xiuming's life will be held at 9:30 AM on March 3rd, 2024, at Hamel-Lydon Chapel in Quincy, MA.

We bid farewell to a remarkable man whose impact will be felt for generations to come. Xiuming's dedication to his family, his groundbreaking work in physics, and his insatiable curiosity about the world have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. He will be deeply missed but forever remembered with affection and admiration.


修铭在1934年2月4日出生于中国上海. 他自幼就是一名优秀的学生,尤其在数学和物理方面展现出了卓越的才华。修铭在1954年从上海育才中学毕业后,考入著名的北京大学物理系深造。在物理系学习期间,修铭学习优异,待人宽厚友善,深受教授和同学喜爱。大三时,他被特别选入新成立的北大技术物理系学习,并于1957年以优秀的成绩毕业。修铭在核物理领域,特别是与金星男和刘允斌等杰出人物一起在同位素分离方面的工作,做了有长远深刻影响的贡献。修铭在二十多岁成为中国科学院原子能科学研究院最年轻的研究员,被授于国家首批高级工程师职称,和国务院特殊专家。


周修铭是刘伯英深爱的丈夫,是志虹和她的丈夫田庆国、志菁 和她的丈夫郭建刚、志琦和她的丈夫徐昊的慈父。他是田子辰、郭正睿, 郭正鸿和徐扬之的挚爱祖父。修铭的留下的不仅是他的科学成就,还有他给予给家人的爱和智慧。

修铭的追悼会将于2024年3月3日上午 9:30 在马萨诸塞州昆西的 Hamel-Lydon Chapel (安泰殯儀館) 举行。

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Buddhist Rites Ceremony
March 3, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Hamel-Lydon Chapel 安泰殯儀館
650 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02170

March 3, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hamel-Lydon Chapel 安泰殯儀館
650 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02170

Crematory Service*
March 4, 2024

Blue Hill Crematory 火葬場
700 West Street
Braintree, MA 02184


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