At a time when the role of the laboratory in clinical medicine and in medical research was evolving rapidly, a young Chinese graduate of the Hong Kong College of Medicine and the University of Edinburgh undertook a period of intensive training at the laboratory of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh that was to play a pivotal role in determining his future career as the first Professor of Pathology at the University of Hong Kong and its first professor of Chinese descent. Chung Yik Wang’s subsequent achievements over a span of ten years were a testament to the solid foundation that had been laid during that early period, and was an excellent example of how the skills of medical science could be transferred across continents to best effect. Tragically, Wang’s career was cut short when he succumbed to tuberculosis, the disease he had spent many years studying.

Keywords  Hong Kong, laboratory medicine, pathology, RCPE, University of Edinburgh, Chung Yik Wang

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