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Prof. Lau Ka-sing, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Mathematics, passed away on 12 October 2021 in Pittsburgh, US at the age of 72. He joined CUHK in 1996 as Professor of Mathematics and was the chairman of the Department from 1996 to 2012. He served as the associate director of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences from 1996 to 1998, and from 2002 to 2004 he was the president of the Hong Kong Mathematical Society. He retired from CUHK in 2017.
Professor Lau was a renowned mathematician. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from CUHK in 1968 and his PhD from the University of Washington at Seattle in 1972. He then taught in the University of Chicago from 1972 to 74 and was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh from 1974 before returning to CUHK. He published more than 150 research papers and trained 24 PhD students and 12 postdoctoral researchers.
Professor Lau will always be remembered for his great service and contributions to the Department, to CUHK, and to the world of mathematics. A memorial website has been set up in his honour.