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Chinese Wartime Science through the Lens of Joseph Needham

Exhibition Talk

Joseph Needham and the “Science and Civilization in China”: An East-West Journey of Destiny


Speaker Dr. Peter L. Lee
Chairman of the East Asian History of Science Foundation HK
Date 30 March 2017
Time 1:00 – 2:00pm
Venue Library LG4 Multi-function room
Language English


It will focus on the initial stage of Needham’s relationship with China, retelling how this brilliant biochemist in his prime at Cambridge during the 1930s befriended 3 young graduate students from China pursuing their Ph.D. in the same laboratory and was challenged by them to know more about the contributions of the ancient Chinese science, technology and medicine to the modern world. This was the beginning of Joseph Needham’s curiosity about China that eventually transformed his young scientific career into the most influential Western historian of Chinese Science and civilization.