Sunday, May 2, 2010

D.C. Lau

The Chinese University of Hong Kong reports:

"The Passing of Professor D.C. Lau Deeply Mourned by CUHK

The University learns with deep sorrow that Professor D.C. Lau,
Emeritus Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, CUHK, passed
away on the morning of 26 April 2010 at Prince of Wales Hospital,
Shatin, Hong Kong.

An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Lau was born on 8 March
1921. He read Chinese at the Department of Chinese, The University of
Hong Kong (HKU) and went to Glasgow University, Scotland, in 1946 to
further his studies in western philosophy. He joined the faculty of
the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in
1950, and was Chair Professor of Chinese at the University of London
from 1970 to 1978. He returned to Hong Kong in 1978 and was appointed
Professor of Chinese by CUHK. He had since served the University and
assumed various leadership positions, including Dean of Arts
(1980-1983), Chief Editor of The Journal of Chinese Studies
(1979-1995), and Director of T.T. Ng Chinese Language Research Centre
(1979-2007), promoting Chinese culture and establishing the University
as a bridge between the East and the West. He was conferred the
degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by CUHK in 1975 and Doctor
of Letters, honoris causa, by HKU in 1989.

Professor Lau retired in 1989, and was appointed Emeritus Professor of
Chinese Language and Literature and Honorary Professor of the
Institute of Chinese Studies. He then dedicated his time and
relentless effort to the compilation of indices for ancient Chinese
classics and other related research. He had guided Shaw College since
its establishment by serving on its Board of Trustees from 1986 to
2005, and as Senior College Tutor since 1989 and Senior Advisor to
Board of Trustees since 2005.

Professor Lau was a distinguished scholar in philosophy and
linguistics. His seasoned English translation of Chinese classics has
been applauded for its precise and authentic rendition and superb
readability. The exemplary translations of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching,
Mencius, and Confucius: The Analects are indispensable reference for
Western learners of Chinese philosophy. Other publications of high
acclaim include Guang ya shu zheng: Xin shi biao dian, a modern
edition of Wang Nien-sun's work with punctuation and indices, The
Pre-Han and Han Concordance Series, and The Six Dynasties Concordance
Series, both computerized databases of traditional Chinese texts, D.C.
Lau: English Writings Rendered into Chinese, Yuan Dao: Tracing Dao to
Its Source, Sun Pin: the Art of Warfare, and Selected Short Stories of
Lu Xun, among others. A master of profound scholarship and amiable
personality, Professor Lau had won high respect among the academia,
and had enlightened generations of students and scholars, both in Hong
Kong and the UK. He and his rich academic legacy will be long
cherished by members of the Chinese University, and his passing is
mourned by us all."