(From left) Professor Serge Haroche, Dr Joseph
Lee and Professor Wendelin Werner.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) will confer
honorary doctoral degrees on Professor Serge Haroche, Dr
Joseph Lee, GBS, OStJ, JP and Professor
Wendelin Werner in recognition of their significant contributions to
education and the well-being of society. The awards ceremony will be held in
Professor Serge Haroche, a distinguished scholar and a Nobel Laureate in
Physics, will be conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science. Professor Haroche is
Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at CityU and Professor
Emeritus at the Collège de France. His main research activities lie in quantum
optics and quantum information science. He graduated from the École Normale
Supérieure and received his doctorate from Paris VI University in 1971. After a
post-doctoral visit to Stanford University in the laboratory of Arthur
Schawlow, he became full Professor at Paris VI University in 1975. In 2001, he
was appointed Professor at the Collège de France and became President in 2012,
a position he held until 2015.
Professor Haroche has made significant contributions to cavity quantum
electrodynamics, including the observation of single atom spontaneous emission
enhancement in a cavity, the direct monitoring of the decoherence of mesoscopic
superpositions of states (so-called Schrödinger cat states), and
the quantum-non-demolition counting of photons.
He has received many prizes and awards, culminating in the 2012 Nobel
Prize in Physics, which he shared with Professor David Wineland,
from Boulder, Colorado in the US. He is a Member of the French Academy of
Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences; and a Foreign Member of the
National Academy of Sciences in the US, the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences, and Brazilian, Colombian, Moroccan and Russian academies of science.
Professor Haroche also holds an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute
of Science and the universities of Montreal, Patras, Strathclyde and Bar Ilan.
Dr Joseph Lee, Chairman of Wofoo Plastics & Chemical Group,
Chairman of Wofoo Foundation Limited and President of Wofoo Social Enterprises
Limited, will be conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Science.
Dr Lee is a prominent industrialist and social entrepreneur. Born
in Hong Kong, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management from Illinois
Institute of Technology in the US in 1972. He returned to Hong Kong to join his
family’s industrial business and decided to start his own business as
Wofoo Plastics Limited in 1980. He has dedicated the past decades to building
partnerships and cultivating a harmonious community. He is committed to
delivering innovative social services for the whole of society and to nurturing
the younger generation.
Dr Lee has extensive experience in public service, including three
consecutive terms as a Deputy to the National People’s Congress of the People’s
Republic of China. He has also chaired various government bodies and is
currently Vice-chairperson of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Development Fund Task Force under the Commission of Poverty, and
Chairman of Joint Committee for the Promotion of The Basic Law of Hong Kong.
Dr Lee was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2013 for his
significant contributions to charitable activities and social enterprises. In
addition, he was appointed Officer of the Order of Saint John in 2015,
conferred Honorary Doctor of Social Science by Hong Kong Baptist University in
2011 and conferred Honorary Fellowships by CityU in 2014, The Hong Kong
Polytechnic University in 2015, and the Vocational Training Council in
2015. Dr Lee served on the CityU Council and its committee from 2008
Professor Wendelin Werner, a Fields Medalist and Professor of
Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH
Zurich), will be conferred an Honorary Doctor of Science.
Professor Werner studied at the École Normale Supérieure from 1987 to
1991 and earned his PhD from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie
in 1993. From 1991 to 1997, he was a researcher at the Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and from 1997 to 2013 he was Professor of
Mathematics at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay. Since 2013, he has worked
at ETH Zurich. His main research interests focus on probability theory and
Professor Werner has been awarded many highly prestigious prizes for his
remarkable mathematical achievements. These awards include the Rollo Davidson
Prize, the Doisteau-Émile Blutet Prize and the Jacques Herbrand Prize
from the Academy of Sciences in Paris, the Prize of the European
Mathematical Society, the Fermat Prize, the Loève Prize, the Pólya
Prize and the Heinz Gumin Prize.
Professor Werner received the Fields Medal in 2006 for his contributions
to the development of stochastic Loewner evolution, the geometry of
two-dimensional Brownian motion, and conformal field theory.
In addition, Professor Werner is a Member of the French Academy
of Sciences, the German Academy of
Sciences Leopoldina, and the Berlin-Brandenburg
Academy of Sciences. He is a Foreign Member of the
Brazilian Academy of Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and
Caius College at the University of Cambridge, UK.