Harry Fang

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Sir Harry Fang

Sir Harry Fang of Hong Kong.jpg
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member
In office
Preceded byOswald Cheung
Succeeded byLydia Dunn, Baroness Dunn
Personal details
Born(1923-08-02)2 August 1923
Nanking, Republic of China
Died24 August 2009(2009-08-24) (aged 86)
Hong Kong
Spouse(s)Lady Laura Fang (Yip Hung-cha) (m. 10 July 1948 – 24 August 2009)
RelationsFang Zhenwu (father)
Guo Yukun (mother)
Anson Chan (niece)
Christine Fang (daughter)

Sir Harry Fang Sin-yang, GBM, CBE, JP (Chinese: 方心讓, 2 August 1923 – 24 August 2009) was a Hong Kong orthopaedic surgeon, [1] legislator and campaigner who promoted rehabilitation services. He was widely known as the "father of rehabilitation" in Asia. A well-known humanitarian, Harry Fang championed the rights of the disabled and disadvantaged.[citation needed] He co-founded the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, and headed the Rehabilitation International for a period of time. In 2009, he died from complications of a stroke.


Fang was born in Nanking in August 1923. He received his secondary education at the King's College, Hong Kong, and his degree of medicine from the University of Hong Kong.[2] He then specialized in orthopedics and quickly became an orthopedic surgeon.

Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, Fang became known as a powerful legislator in Hong Kong. He was a Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1974 to 1985. From 1979 to 1983, he was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong. In both of these offices, he campaigned for the rights of the disabled and for rehabilitation.

In 2009, Fang died of complications from a stroke.[3][4]


  1. ^ Growing with Hong Kong: The University and Its Graduates: The First 90 Years. The Hong Kong University Press. p. 253.
  2. ^ "Our Fond Memory of The Late Professor Sir Harry Fang Sin-yang (1923-2009)" (PDF). Fmshk.org. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  3. ^ Harry Sinyang Fang; Lawrence Jeffery (1923-08-02). Rehabilitation: A Life's Work. Books.google.com. p. 13. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Harry SY Fang" (pdf). Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. Retrieved 13 May 2017.