Professor Henry N.C. Wong is currently Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry. He obtained his B.Sc. degree with first class honours from CUHK in 1973, and was subsequently awarded a Shell Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in the United Kingdom. He furthered his studies at University College London where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1976. After two postdoctoral research years at Harvard University, Professor Wong returned to University College London to begin his independent research undertaking as Ramsay Memorial Fellow. From 1980 to 1982, Professor Wong did research at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. He returned to CUHK in 1983 and was the Chairman of the Department of Chemistry from 1995 to 1997, and the Senate Committee on Student Discipline from 1997 to 2002. Professor Wong was Head of New Asia College of CUHK from 2002 to July 2010 and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President from 2009 to 2013. He has been the Chairman of the Research Committee and the Academic Equipment Grant Committee since 2004 and 2006, respectively. Professor Wong is also committed to public services. In 2011, he has been appointed by the Education Bureau as a member of the Research Grants Council for a period of 2 years.
Professor Wong’s research interests are concerned with the syntheses and studies of natural and non-natural molecules. He serves on the editorial boards of several international and national journals. He received the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of London in 1994. Professor Wong has also been actively contributing to the research and scientific development on the mainland. He is Chairman of the Management Committee, Shanghai-Hong Kong Joint Laboratory in Chemical Synthesis, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also an honorary professor and guest professor of many tertiary institutions in Mainland China. Professor Wong has received many prestigious awards over the years. He won the 2nd Class State Natural Science Award of China in 1997. He was a Croucher Senior Research Fellow in 1999-2000 and was elected to The Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS) (formerly known as The Third World Academy of Sciences) in 1999 and 2004, respectively.