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Renowned Chinese scientists to talk about their achievements

Five eminent scientists from the Mainland and Hong Kong will share their stories of dedication to scientific studies at the "Distinguished Chinese Scientists Lecture Series" today (October 16) at the Hong Kong Science Museum and tomorrow at the Hong Kong Central Library.

Speaking at today's opening ceremony, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Patrick Ho Chi-ping, said that the lecture series aimed to promote public awareness and understanding in the development of science and technology and to encourage youngsters to commit themselves to scientific research.

He said that the contributions of Chinese scientists in many areas of research were outstanding and they had won international acclaim.

"This year we are honoured to have five renowned Chinese scientists - Professor Zhou Guangzhao, Professor Bai Chunli, Mr Wang Li-heng, Professor Paul Chu Ching-wu and Professor Allen T Chwang - participating in this event.

"Their remarkable success and contributions respectively are in the research of theoretical physics, material science, aerospace technology, superconductors and fluid dynamics," he said.

The "Distinguished Chinese Scientists Lecture Series 2004" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, China Association for Science & Technology and Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre, in association with the Hong Kong Education City.

With the Vice-President of the City University of Hong Kong, Professor Wong Yuk-shan, as convenor, the lectures will be conducted in Putonghua with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese.

Topics of the lectures are:

Lectures on October 16, 2004 at Hong Kong Science Museum:

- "My Philosophy of Life" by Professor Zhou Guangzhao, the President of China Association for Science & Technology, Academican of Chinese Academy of Sciences

- "The Advancement and Prospects of Space Technology in China" by Mr Wang Li-heng, Director of Technology Committee of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering

- "Dare Not, Win Not" by Professor Paul Chu Ching-wu, President of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Lectures on October 17, 2004 at Hong Kong Central Library:

- "Recent Developments in Nanotechnology" by Professor Bai Chunli, Vice-President of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice-President of China Association for Science & Technology, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences

- "On Some Fluid Mechanics Research" by Professor Allen T Chwang, Professor of Department of Mechnaical Engineering of The University of Hong Kong, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Admission tickets of the two-day lecture series have all been given out to the public. On-line video of the five lectures will be uploaded to the Hong Kong Education City's website afterwards for public viewing.

Ends/Saturday, October 16, 2004
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