Chow Shih-Hsun, who was born in 1921 in Hubei, graduated from National Central University in 1945, and received a master of science in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1950.
After graduation, Chow returned to China and taught at Hujiang University and Fudan University. From 1957 to 1959, he was a visiting scholar in the former Soviet Union. When he returned to China he served as the chairman of the board of directors in the Shanghai Physics Society.
Chow made significant contributions to the reform of textbooks in higher education. He translated the book “Atomic Physics” in 1954 and published “Quantum Mechanics” in 1961. Both books have been widely used as textbooks at universities.