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An Exhibition in Memory of Professor Shiu-Ying Hu

Chinese University of Hong Kong

11 October to 16 December 2012

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Eminent botanist dies aged 102

Hu Shiu-ying, a scholar in plant taxonomy and honorary professor of Chinese medicine at Chinese University, has died aged 102. Born in Suzhou, Hu went to the US in the 1940s and was the first Chinese woman to receive a doctorate in botany from Harvard. She spent 45 years on her masterpiece, Food Plants of China, which was published in 2005. Hu was awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2001...(South China Morning Post, 23 May 2012)

Professor Shiu-Ying Hu (1908-2012)


2015 CUHK Video in Memory of Prof S. Y. Hu

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More about Professor Hu's life and her contributions to knowledge of botanical science and taxonomy can be found in another exhibition in 2006 (Chinese version only):

Chinese University Library Exhibition to Honour World-renowned Botanist – Prof Shiu-Ying Hu (10.02.2006) 秀 苑 擷 英 -- 胡 秀 英 教 授 學 術 成 就 展

The following journal article lists all the plants named by Professor Hu :

Branch, A.R. (2013). Botanical names associated with Dr. Shiu Ying Hu. Taiwania, 58(1): 67-75


Chi-Yan's note:

Professor S.-Y. Hu was one of my most beloved teachres at Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong where I was studying for my BSc degree in the early 1970s. Her passing away in May 2012 saddened me and her many former students. In June, I attended her funeral service in Hong Kong but I was unable to visit the above exhibition. I hereby gratefully acknowlege a good friend of mine who took the above photos for me.































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