(PRWEB) September 23, 2013
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will confer Honorary Doctorates upon five prominent figures in recognition of their distinguished accomplishments and contributions at its 19th Congregation to be held on 27 October 2013 (Sunday).
This year's honorary degree recipients include (in alphabetical order of last name): Professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Emerita Institute Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Dr Edwin Leong Siu-hung, Executive Chairman and Founder of Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Company Limited; Professor Pai Hsien-yung, renowned contemporary writer and a staunch advocate of Kunqu; Mr Patrick Poon Sun-cheong, Chairman of Harvest SCP Group Company Limited; and Ms GÜler Sabanci, Chairman and Managing Director of Turkey-based Sabanci Holding and Founding President of Sabanci University.
Known as "The Queen of Carbon" by her peers, Professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus is Emerita Institute Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1958 and joined MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1967 and the Department of Physics in 1983. Since then, she has remained on the MIT faculty, pursuing an impactful research and teaching career in the area of electronic materials. She is particularly noted for her work on graphite, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and low dimensional thermoelectricity. Her researches into superconductivity, the electronic properties of carbon, thermoelectricity and the new physics on the nanoscale have laid the foundations for numerous scientific discoveries. In recognition of her distinguished accomplishments, she has received a string of awards – most notably the U.S. National Medal of Science, Enrico Fermi Award and Kavli Prize for Nanoscience. She has also played an active role in leading scientific societies such as American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics Governing Board. Her commitment to promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering is also internationally recognized. She will be conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science.
Dr Edwin Leong Siu-hung, Executive Chairman and Founder of Tai Hung Fai Enterprise Company Limited, is a successful entrepreneur and a philanthropist. With his distinct business acumen and able leadership, Dr Leong has built up a prosperous business and been named the "King of Retail Shops" by the media in view of his many impressive retail property deals. Following in the footsteps of his late father Mr Henry G. Leong, Dr Leong is deeply committed to serving the community and the elderly in particular. He supported the establishment of PolyU-Henry G. Leong Mobile Integrative Health Centre, providing free health checks and monitoring for needy elderly. More recently, Dr Leong has made a substantial donation through the Tai Hung Fai Charity Foundation to establish the Henry G. Leong Endowed Professorship in Elderly Vision Health, hoping to develop new insights and models of services for the elderly. As a tribute to his commitment and unfailing support to the community and the higher education sector, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by The Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2012 and University Fellowship by The University of Hong Kong, PolyU and The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010, 2012 and 2013 respectively. He will be conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration.