Remembrances of Robert Wu


Robert Wu, our longtime former Board member, passed away at the age of 88 on September 18, 2020 after a long experience with kidney failure. He was the Founder and Chairman of the U.S.-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC).


The 1990 Institute’s former Chair and President, Wei-Tai Kwok, shared a few of his memories of Robert:


“Robert served on the Board of the 1990 Institute for more than a decade starting in the mid-2000’s. Both he and his widow Li-Chun Wu, who also served on our Board, were tremendously passionate, active, and energetic supporters of U.S.-China collaboration, particularly around climate change and green energy. An electrical engineer by training (University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology), he loved getting things started, whether it was helping to launch HP China, Silicon Magic Semiconductor Corporation, or the Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA). In 2008, he enlisted the support of the 1990 Institute and several enthusiastic board members to start the U.S.-China Green Energy Council, which he chaired until his passing. What I will remember most about him is his positive outlook and his "can-do" approach about how to make things better.”


Billy Lee (L) and Robert Wu (R) celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1990 Institute in San Francisco, January 2016.


Read the obituary from the U.S.-China Green Energy Council