Renowned Chinese history scholar and teacher Professor Yu Ying Shih has published more than 100 books and articles on Chinese studies during an academic career that started with his education at Yenching University, New Asia College and then Harvard University, from where he obtained his doctorate in 1962.
He then taught at the University of Michigan from 1962 to 1966 and returned to Harvard University as Associate Professor in 1967, to become Professor of Chinese History in 1969, when he was only 39 years of age. During two years of leave from Harvard from 1973 to 1975, Professor Yu was President of New Asia College and concurrently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was elected a member of Academia Sinica in Taiwan in 1974.
More academic honours came in 1977 when he was invited to serve as Charles Seymour Professor of Chinese History at Yale University and in 1987 when he was made Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977.
In recognition of his services to learning, the University has resolved to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa.