Joseph HC Liu, founding chief curator of the Hong Kong Space Museum, died Wednesday in the United States, Apple Daily reported Friday. He was 83.
In 1972, Liu built the first private observatory in Hong Kong in the back of his house in Sheung Shui.
Two years later, Sky and Telescope devoted an entire issue to Liu and his creation, the first time a Hong Kong amateur star gazer was featured in the influential international astronomy magazine.
He went on to win numerous awards, including first and third prizes in a competition organized by the American Astronomical League in 1977, a first for Hong Kong.
In 1984, Liu received an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his contribution to astronomy in Hong Kong.
The International Astronomical Union named a minor planet, designated as 6743, after him in 1988.
Liu was a graduate of the University of Hong Kong and taught at Queen’s College.
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