Dr. Siu was born 24 February 1917, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned his
Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Hawaii (in 1939 and 1941,
respectively) and a Ph.D. degree as a biochemist from the California Institute of
Technology in 1943. During the last two years of World War II, Dr. Siu served as a
scientific and technical consultant for the U.S. Army, and became one the premier
researchers assigned to the Quartermaster Corps.
As the Allies shifted focus from Europe to the war in the Pacific, Dr.
Siu headed a team of researchers that designed, tested, and helped field a vast array of
new "jungle type" fabrics, clothing and equipment that helped protect soldiers
and save lives in the harsh tropical environment. As the Quartermaster Corps
Director of Laboratories and Chief Scientific and Technical Director for more than a
decade (1948-62), Dr. Siu spearheaded numerous critical projects, including pioneer
efforts on irradiated food a key component of President Eisenhowers
Atoms-For-Peace program. He was also one of the key planners involved in establishing the
Quartermaster Research and Development Center in Natick, Massachusetts (todays
Soldier Systems Command).
Throughout his long and productive career and service to the nation, in
his pioneering research, countless scholarly publications, administrative duties, and
lectures around the world, Dr. Siu represented the very best interests of the American
soldier and the United States Army Quartermaster Corps.