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Shanghai
Monday 29 August 2005

 

Professor Lu Yongxiang

Public Orator, Professor Sir David Wallace presented the Honorary Graduand at the Degree Ceremony held on Monday 29 August in Shanghai


Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

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 and Control.

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 People’s Congress.

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.

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