History scholar named fellow of Royal Historical Society
18 Jul 2018
Dr Timothy Wong, Associate Professor of Department of History was elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) in recognition of his excellent contribution to the advancement of research in history. He is the only local scholar to earn this prestigious honour.
Gaining recognition from history research professionals worldwide, Dr Wong is happy and honoured. Receiving the esteemed title at the juncture of the 150th anniversary of the RHS imbued the event with additional meaning for him.
Dr Wong’s research endeavours focus on Hong Kong in modern Chinese history. He is the author/co-author and editor/co-editor of 20 books. He is also the author of more than four dozen research articles in either academic journals or books in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. Dr Wong said that historical research opens new doors for his understanding of the world and he always keeps an inquiring mind while paying attention to the growing scope of new paradigms in history-related disciplines as well as new methods and sources, such as archival materials, printed and oral history materials.
Dr Wong devotes himself to conducting research. He is currently working on several projects, including a book about former Governor of Hong Kong Sir Edward Youde when he was the British ambassador to China during the 1970s' and two papers on the medical history of Hong Kong. In addition, he has started work on a new Research Grant Council’s General Research Fund project on the history of “healing ministry” in colonial Hong Kong, which is a hybrid of perspectives from studies of medical history and the historical studies of Chinese Christianity.
RHS, founded in 1868, is the foremost society in the UK working with professional historians. It awards fellowships only to those who have made “an original contribution to historical scholarship” which follows strictly regulated election procedure and requirement.