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Chinese Wartime Science through the Lens of Joseph Needham

  • Date: 30 March 2017 – 21 April, 2017
  • Venue: Special Collections Gallery, 1/F, HKUST Library
  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: closed

The East Asian History of Science Foundation Hong Kong (EAHSF HK) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Science and Technology University Library presents the exhibition “Chinese Wartime Science through the Lens of Joseph Needham” from March 30th to April 21st 2017 at the Special Collections Gallery.

The late Dr. Joseph Needham (1900-1995) was a prominent biochemist who dedicated most of his life to the history of science and technology in China. He is well known for his great work, the 26 volumes “Science and Civilization in China” series. His main question, now known as the “Needham Question”, asks “why modern science had not developed in Chinese civilization but only in Europe given China’s remarkable scientific achievements before the 15th century”.

The exhibition features 11 banners with photos documenting Needham’s first encounter with wartime China and its Free Universities in the Southwest.

One introductory video and a large book selection cover the whole span of the relationship of Joseph Needham with Chinese Science and Civilization.