In loving memory of Dr Rayson Huang

A memorial gathering was held for former Vice-Chancellor Dr Rayson Huang on 6 May 2015 at the Rayson Huang Theatre. Messages of condolence and tributes were delivered by members and friends of the HKU family, and there were videos and music to celebrate Dr Huang's illustrious life.

To watch the messages and video, click on the links below:

The Memorial Gathering
The memorial gathering video

Click to access the Memoriam Video dedicated to Dr Rayson Huang

The house programme
The house programme (PDF)

生平略說 (PDF)

Make donation to Rayson Huang Endowment Fund黃麗松博士音樂及化學講座基金

For enquiries, please contact the Development and Alumni Affairs Office,
The University of Hong Kong at 39171725 /

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"It must be remembered that what are orthodox and acceptable today were in many cases unorthodox or even radical when they were first brought forth, and that it is the ability to challenge the status quo which often results in human progress. In this way the university will serve as the fountain-head of inspiration for new knowledge and discovery, and at the same time the critic and conscience of society." - Rayson Huang*

Members of the University of Hong Kong mourn with heavy heart the passing of Dr Rayson Huang, CBE, DSc, LLD, JP, the 10th Vice-Chancellor of HKU, peacefully on April 8, 2015 in the United Kingdom.

We honour the memory of Dr Huang and remember him as the University's first Chinese Vice-Chancellor, the first alumnus to hold the position and also one of the longest serving (1972-1986).

Growing up in Hong Kong, he attended Munsang College, a Christian school of which his father was headmaster. He entered HKU in 1938 on a scholarship and graduated in 1942. During the occupation, he escaped to China and, after teaching chemistry for two years, went to Oxford in 1944. After receiving a doctorate in 1947, Dr Huang pursued post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago. He joined the University of Malaya in 1951, where he served as Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Science, and became Vice-Chancellor of Nanyang University in Singapore in 1969.

Dr Huang was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa from HKU in 1968, and became Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1972. Dr Huang was a pioneer in many ways, and under his leadership, HKU experienced an unprecedented period of growth on numerous fronts - doubling the size of our student body, broadening the scope of our academic disciplines by increasing the number of Faculties from five to nine, expanding the size of the campus while unifying it, and initiating a culture of institutional advancement that continues to flourish today.

Dr Huang will also be remembered by many in Hong Kong for the contributions he made to public service, especially as a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (1977-1983) and in serving on the Basic Law Drafting Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He also actively contributed to the development of the higher education sector in the Mainland, particularly in the establishment of Shantou University.

At the University of Hong Kong, we salute the life and achievements of Dr Huang - an exceptional alumnus, colleague, teacher and friend. We will always regard Dr Huang as a member of the HKU family, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family.

The University of Hong Kong

* Rayson Huang, A Lifetime in Academia (Hong Kong: HKU Press, 2000), 147-48.

The Funeral Service for Dr Huang was held at Lodge Hill Crematorium on Friday, April 24, 2015 in the United Kingdom (Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 5AA, UK).

In lieu of flowers, the Huang family would appreciate that donations be made payable to "The University of Hong Kong" to support the "Rayson Huang Endowment Fund" for Scholarships in Chemistry and Music at HKU.

For other enquiries, please contact the HKU Communications and Public Affairs Office at 28592610 /

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明德格致 道範長存


《風雨絃歌 - 黃麗松回憶錄》*

香港大學第十任校長黃麗松博士CBE, DSc, LLD, JP 於2015年4月8日在英國安詳辭世,本校全體成員深表哀悼。






香 港 大 學 謹告 

* 《風雨絃歌 - 黃麗松回憶錄》, 153頁 (香港大學出版社)

(地點:Lodge Hill Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 5AA, UK)。



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