Rayson Huang Lecture
In 1986, friends and colleagues of Dr. Rayson Huang contributed a sum of $2.5 million on the occasion of his retirement to establish a Rayson Huang Endowment Fund for the support of scholarships in Music and Chemistry. The Endowment Fund, from its annual income, provides for the Rayson Huang Scholarships in Music and Chemistry, and for the Rayson Huang Visiting Lectureships in Music and in Chemistry.
In the Department of Music, the annual Rayson Huang Lecture features an outstanding international scholar, composer, or performer who remains in residence at the Department of Music for one to two weeks. Besides presenting a public lecture or concert in the Rayson Huang Theatre, the visitor also participates in the Department's research and teaching activities, such as conducting workshops, giving classes, and meeting with postgraduate students.
As a distinguished chemist who was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa from HKU in 1968, Dr Rayson Huang was the University's first Chinese Vice-Chancellor, the first alumnus to hold the position and also one of the longest serving. Under his leadership from 1972 to 1986, the University experienced an unprecedented period of growth by doubling the size of student body from 4,000 to 8,000, increasing the number of Faculties from five to nine, expanding the size of the campus while unifying it, and initiating a culture of institutional advancement that continues to flourish today. In recognition of his contributions to the University, a bronze statue of Dr Huang commissioned by Dr the Honourable Sir David Li was crafted and installed in the foyer of Rayson Huang Theatre in 2005.
Rayson Huang Fellows to date include:
Rebecca Rischin, School of Music, Ohio University
Aniruddh Patel, Tufts University
Gary Tomlinson, Yale University
Holly Watkins, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester