Professor Fang rewarded with knighthood

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 June, 1996, 12:00am

Distinguished surgeon Professor Harry Fang Sin-yang is awarded a knighthood in today's Queen's Birthday Honours - the penultimate such honours for the territory.

Professor Fang, the uncle of Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, is medical superintendent of St Paul's Hospital in Causeway Bay.

Other people who received honours included television presenter and former Oxfam director Chris Bale, East Asian Games gold-medallist rower Ho Kim-fai and legislator Eric Li Ka-cheung.

Although last year's list was dominated mainly by businessmen, the agriculture and textile industries were recognised this year.

MBEs were awarded to former tree planter for the Urban Services Department Chong Yuk-lau, forester Farley Ma Man-chiu and farmer Yung Tin-tack.

The textile industry was also honoured, with OBEs being awarded to garment manufacturer Dr Harry Lee Nai-shee and Dr Kenneth Wang Kuk-kei who is chairman of the Clothing Technology Demonstration Centre.

One Knight Bachelor, four CBEs, nine OBEs and 26 MBEs were awarded at the ceremony, along with 20 Badges of Honour and additional medals for officials from the fire and police services.

Professor Fang worked for decades to ease pain and disability, helped build hospitals and served as a legislative and executive councillor.

The 72-year-old orthopaedics specialist also encouraged disabled athletes to join international competitions.

Professor Fang, who adds a knighthood to his CBE, is currently in China, where he has been working to boost rehabilitation services.

He is honorary professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Hong Kong, where he taught for many years.