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Wu Lien-teh: Pioneer of Modern Medicine in China
  • Yiren Qin

Abstract

Wu Lien-teh was born in 1879 on the island of Penang in Malaya (four days before Einstein). He hailed from Taishan, Guangdong. In 1896, at the age of 17, Dr. Wu excelled and was awarded the Queen’s Scholarship by Queen Victoria to study at the University of Cambridge in London. During his research, he successively studied at St. Mary’s Hospital in the UK, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the Hygiene Institute at the University of Halle in Germany, and the Pasteur Institute in France. He was mentored by Nobel laureates Professor Elie Metchnikoff and Professor Frederick Gowland Hopkins. Dr. Wu pursued his studies abroad for seven years, earning a total of five degrees from the University of Cambridge: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Surgery, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Medicine. He obtained his doctorate at the young age of 24. He was also the first Chinese person in the world to be awarded a doctorate from the University of Cambridge