Newsletter No. 60

Vol .5 11 No.60 November 1994 Four Distinguished Persons to Receive Honorary Doctorates Four distinguished persons will be awarded honorary degrees at the University's 48th congregation to be held on Thursday, 1st December 1994, at the University Mall. The Rt. Hon. Christopher Patten, Governor of Hong Kong, will officiate at the ceremony as Chancellor of the University. Sir Eric A. Ash and Prof. Tang Au-chin will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Mr. David Sin Wai-kin and Dr. Peter Kwong-ching Woo will each receive the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa. Citations will be written and delivered by Mr. T. L. Tsim, the Public Orator. Dr. K. P. Fung, senior lecturer in biochemistry, will be the mace-bearer. Sir Eric will address the congregation on behalf of the honorary graduates. Details of other arrangements for Congregation Day are given on P.14. Sir Eri c Alber t As h Sir Eric A. Ash is a distinguished British educator and scientist who has devoted the past three decades to education and science. He was professor and head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College, London, from 1967 to 1985 and rector of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from 1985 to 1993. Held in high esteem in the field of physical electronics, acoustic imaging, signal processing and integrated optics, Sir Eric holds many related patents and has published widely in international engineering and physics journals. He is a Fellow of leading institutions of electronics and electrical engineering in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sir Eric has been awarded numerous scientific prizes: the Faraday Medal from the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, the Marconi International Fellowship in 1984, the Royal Medal from the Royal Society in 1986, and the National Order of Merit from the French government. He has also received honorary doctorates from a number of universities. Over the years, Sir Eric has given invaluable advice to local tertiary educational institutions on the development of their electronic engineering programmes. His association with The Chinese University of Hong Kong can be dated back to 1975 when he served as an external examiner for its Department of Electronics. He now serves as a member of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prof. Tang Au-chi n Prof. Tang Au-chin is a renowned scientist and distinguished educator from China. He has been engaged in teaching and research in chemistry for more than 40 years in such famous universities as Beijing University and Northeast People's University. He was president of Jilin University from 1978 to 1986. He has for many times been awarded National Natural Science Prizes by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in recognition of his significant achievements in research concerning the theories of chemical bonds, the statistical theory on the reactions of polycondensation, cross-linking, NO.60 NOVEMBER 1994 1