Monday 29 August 2005
Public Orator, Professor
Sir David Wallace presented the Honorary Graduand at the Degree Ceremony
held on Monday 29 August in Shanghai
Distinguished Guests, Ladies
First, let me offer a very
warm welcome to you all for this special Ceremony; I am delighted that
you are able to be with us today. It is a pleasure also to thank Shanghai
Jiaotong University, for their kind hospitality in hosting this occasion.
We are honoured by the presence
of a scientist and engineer of exceptional distinction, both in his
scientific achievements and in his leadership of science in China and
in the world.
Professor Lu Yongxiang was
born in Ningbo in 1942. He graduated from the Machinery Department of
Zhejiang University in 1964. After gaining his doctorate in Engineering
from Aachen University of Technology, RWTH, in 1981, he returned to
Zhejiang University as Director of the Institute of Fluid Power Transmission
His achievements and responsibilities
since then have been remarkable. He has published some 250 articles
on engineering and engineering education, as well as authoring two books,
and he holds 20 international patents.
In parallel with his academic
activities, Professor Lu’s qualities of leadership led to rapid
promotion and increasing responsibility. He was appointed President
of Zhejiang University in 1988. In 1993 he became Vice-President of
the Chinese Academy of Sciences and in 1997, he became its youngest
ever President, a position he holds today, as it celebrates its 50th
anniversary. In 2003, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the National
Professor Lu has served on
a host of national and international bodies: Vice-Chairman of the China
Association of Science and Technology; Chairman of the Higher Education
Consultative Committee of the State Education Commission; Vice-President
of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education;
Member of the National Natural Science Foundation of China; Vice-Chairman
of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council; Vice-Chairman
of the China Overseas Friendship Association; President of the Chinese
Mechanical Engineering Society; Chairman of the Chinese Society of the
History of Science and Technology; Adviser to the China Association
for Continuing Engineering Education; Vice-President of the Third World
Academy of Sciences; Co-Chair of the InterAcademy Council of the 13
major National Academies. Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chairman,
he was a deputy to the National People's Congress, and a Member of the
Central Committee of the 14th and 15th National Congress.
Professor Lu has received
numerous prestigious awards for his work. He is a member of the Chinese
Academy of Engineering as well as the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He
has been awarded National Innovation Prizes in 1988 and 1989, and in
1993 won the Super Prize of the Guanghua Science Foundation. His international
honours include the Rudolf-Diesel Gold Medal, the Alexander von Humboldt
Medal, a Knight Commander's Cross from the Federal President of Germany,
and the Werner Heisenberg Medal. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees
from Universities across the world.
This is not the occasion
to talk about Loughborough University, except to say that it is most
fitting that a University of excellence in Engineering, in Engineering
Education, and with exceptional links with industry should honour a
great Engineer and Educator.
I must also say that it is
a great privilege for me, as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering,
and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Society, to be able to make this
presentation to an Academician of such distinction.
Therefore, by the powers
vested in me as Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, and by the
authority of Senate and Council, I have the honour to admit you, Professor
Lu Yongxiang, to the Degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa.