Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attended a funeral service held on Monday for the physicist and academic Charles Kao Kuen, paying tributes and bidding final farewell to the Nobel laureate who passed away in Hong Kong last month after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Other top government officials were also at the event, joining Kao’s family and friends in commemorating the life and times of the late “father of fiber optics”.
Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen were among the government figures who were at the funeral service.
From academic circles, the attendees included Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) vice-chancellor and president Rocky Tuan Sung-chi and his predecessor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, who is the governor of The Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease Limited.
Lam along with Tuan and Sung, as well as Shun Hing Group chairman and chief executive and governor of the foundation Dr. David Mong, were among the pall bearers.
Kao, who won global acclaim for his work on the development and use of fiber optics, passed away at a hospice in Sha Tin shortly before noon on Sept. 23. He was 84.
Known for his pioneering research and development work, Kao had served as vice-chancellor of CUHK between 1987 and 1996.
In his eulogy for Kao, Tuan hailed the late scientist as having changed forever the course of human history through his achievements, RTHK reports.
“Professor Kao was a meticulous and insightful scientist whose accomplishments have inspired technological innovations throughout the world,” Tuan’s eulogy said.
After the funeral service, Kao’s coffin, accompanied by his two children, was carried by a hearse to the Cape Collinson Crematorium in Chai Wan.
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