It is with great sadness that the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology announces the passing of Professor Jao Tsung-I, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the age of 101 years.
Professor Jao, one of the most renowned scholars and men of letters of our time, was born in Chaozhou, Guangdong in 1917. In his more than 80 years of academic research, his scholarship extended to nearly every field of traditional Chinese culture, and included ancient history, oracle bone studies, comparative paleography, Dunhuang studies, Chinese classics and their commentaries, archaeology, religions, ethnology, historiography, bibliographical studies, and art history. He was proficient in multiple languages, ranging from English and French to ancient languages such as Latin, Sanskrit and Pali. Professor Jao was also highly regarded for his original creation in poetry, calligraphy, painting and musical performance. Throughout his life, Professor Jao was devoted to promote Chinese culture, and with profound and bright virtue cultivated and enlightened numerous many others. In addition to his lifelong professorships in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, Professor Jao also held visiting professorships at Yale University in the United States, L’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient in France and Kyoto University in Japan, as well as a research professorship at Academic Sinica in Taiwan. In 2000, Professor Jao was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal, highest honor offered by the government of HKSAR.
The loss of Professor Jao is deeply felt by all the members of the Academy. A guestbook has been set out at the Academy on the 7th floor of Shaw Tower for all members of the HKBU community to express their feelings in memory of Professor Jao.