Professor TSO Wung Wai

Professor Tso Wung-wei is a Yew Chung alumna. He studied at Yew Chung Primary School between 1949 and 1953, after graduation he entered Wah Yan College Kowloon, then the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He earned his doctorate degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a [senior research fellow] at Stanford University and the Institute of Public Health, New York City. In 1977, he returned to Hong Kong, joined the Department of Biochemistry of the Chinese University and taught there for 24 years. In that period, he had undertaken joint research with other academic institutions including Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, Rockefeller University in the United States, the University of Vienna in Austria and Nankai University in China, etc. He retired in 2001, but has continued to be an adjunct professor at the Chinese University. Dr. Tso is also an [academician/ Fellow] of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr. Tso is an active scientist. He is the founder-convener of the [香港科普協會], the Society of Hong Kong Scholars and Hong Kong Institution of Science, first secretary of the Hong Kong Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology and secretary of the [Hong Kong Nuclear Technology Application Exhibition] (1986) and the [China Aerospace Science and Technology Exhibition] (1993), vice chairman of the 9th [National Youth Invention Competition] of China and [general vice chairman cum executive committee chairman of the science seminar organising committee]. He is currently an honorary [advisor] to the [Hong Kong Science Advisory Committee], a member of the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) and also a member of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Safety Advisory Committee. He was member of the 9th and 10th and this year’s National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.

Apart from biochemical subjects (reproduction, ecology, protein structure, cellular engineering), the scope of his research also covers the science of “uncovering fraud” that has important bearing on people’s livelihood, the society and education. He is also an expert in the promotion of science and related activities in the community.

Since his retirement, Dr. Tso has focused on the research and promotion of the mind game Sudoku and succeeded at incorporating creative elements like the tetrad code, [the Han character base and phrases, Chinese seven words per verse poems and new content with new word combinations] into the game, with the last two especially being major updates giving new life to an old game. He gave the game a new Chinese name “數多酷” (Sudoku) and it continues to be published in the China Daily (HK edition), the Hong Kong Commercial Daily and the Hong Kong monthly Machine & Materials.