Prof. Ambrose Yeo-chi KING

Ambrose Yeo-chi King is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Born in China Mainland.  Grown up in Taiwan and has been working in Hong Kong since 1970.  He has been the Head of New Asia College (1977-1985), Chair Professor of Sociology (1983-2004), Pro-Vice Chancellor (1989-2002) and Vice-Chancellor (2002-2004) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He received his BA from National Taiwan University (1957), MA from National Cheng Chi University (1959), and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (1970).  He has been Visiting Scholar at University of Cambridge and MIT (1976) and Visiting Professor at University of Wisconsin (1986) and University of Heidelberg (1985).  He was elected as Academician, Academia Sinica, Taipei (1994).  Professor King has published a number of books, including From Tradition to Modernity (1966, 2010), Chinese Society & Culture (1992, 2013); Chinese Culture & Politics (1997, 2013), The Idea of a University (1985, 2004); China’s Modern Turn (2005, 2013); The Modern Transformation of Chinese Civilization (2016); Rethinking University (2017) and numerous articles on development and modernization of Chinese societies, appearing in journals such as Asian Survey, British Journal of Sociology, Modern Asian Studies, Daedalus.  He has been Editorial Board Member of journals including The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, The China Quarterly.  Professor King has held many advisory positions to the Hong Kong Government such as Independent Commission Against Corruption, The Law Reform Commission, Central Policy Unit, University Grants Committee – Research Grants Council.  He is Board’s Director of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.  Professor King was appointed the Non-Official Justice of Peace in 1994.  He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Doctor of Literature, honoris causa of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1998 and the Doctor of Law, honoris causa of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2005.