Chung Sze-yuen

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chung.
The Honourable
Sir Sze Yuen Chung
GBE GBM
Convenor of the Executive Council
In office
1 July 1997 – 30 June 1999
Succeeded by Leung Chun-Ying
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1974–1978
Preceded by Woo Pak-chuen
Succeeded by Sir Oswald Cheung
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
In office
1980–1988
Preceded by Sir Yuet-Keung Kan
Succeeded by Baroness Dunn
Personal details
Born (1917-11-03) 3 November 1917 (age 97)
Alma mater St. Paul's College
Saint John's University, Shanghai
University of Hong Kong
University of Sheffield

Sir Sze-yuen Chung FREng [1] (traditional Chinese: 鍾士元; simplified Chinese: 钟士元; pinyin: Zhōng Shìyuán; Jyutping: Zung1 Si6 Jyun4; born 3 November 1917 in Hong Kong) GBE GBM is a Hong Kong mechanical engineer, industrialist, business executive and politician. He succeeded Sir Yuet-Keung Kan, as the Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council and Executive Council in 1980 and served in the latter body until his first retirement from politics in 1988.

He once again became influential in Hong Kong politics when Tung Chee-Hwa assumed the office of the Chief Executive of Hong Kong; Tung appointed him as the Convenor of the Executive Council, from which he retired on 15 June 1999.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chung was born in 1917 to a middle-class family in Hong Kong. In 1936, he went to Shanghai and studied civil engineering at Saint John's University, Shanghai. In 1939, he married Cheung Yung-Hing in southeastern Chinese province of Jiangxi (Kiangsi).

Due to the spread of Second Sino-Japanese War, Chung had to return to Hong Kong in 1941 before his undergraduate degree could be completed. He continued his study in mechanical engineering at the University of Hong Kong and graduated. After graduation, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock. In 1948, he was awarded a scholarship from University of Sheffield. Three years later he earned his doctorate.

Chung returned to Hong Kong in 1951 and worked as mechanical engineer in a manufacturing firm for 1 year. In 1951, he established his own firm Chung Sze Yuen Engineering.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Gordon
Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
1980–1985
Succeeded by
Himself
as Senior Member of the Executive Council
Preceded by
Kan Yuet-keung
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member in Executive Council
1980–1988
Succeeded by
Lydia Dunn
later became
Baroness Dunn
Preceded by
Himself
as Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council
Senior Member of the Executive Council
1985–1988
Preceded by
Dame Rosanna Wong
as Senior Member of the Executive Council
Convenor of the Executive Council
1997–1999
Succeeded by
CY Leung
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Woo Pak-chuen
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member
1974–1978
Succeeded by
Oswald Cheung
Senior Unofficial Member
1974–1978
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Tsang Hin-chi
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal