He studied biology in New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and was awarded a BSc (with only 3rd class honours) and a MPhil from the university in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He would eventually prove himself to be an accomplished scientist despite his not very promising performance in college. Upon the recommendation of his mentor at the Chinese University, he continued his graduate education in the United States and received his PhD degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. He then became the Postdoctoral Investigator and Postdoctoral Fellow in Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, and Department of Genetics of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1979 and 1981 respectively.
He has also served on the editorial boards for 20 international peer-reviewed scientific journals, numerous scientific review panels, and many national and international advisory committees, including the Medical Research Council of Canada, Canadian Genome Research Task Force Committee (Chair), Scientific Steering Committee of the National Institute of Biological Science, Scientific Advisory Committee of the China National Center for Biotechnology Development and Human Genome Organization. He is currently member of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission, Council for Sustainable Development and Executive Committee, and Executive Committee of the Commission on Strategic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
In addition to many national and international prizes, including the Killam Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts, Gairdner International Award, Cresson Medal of Franklin Institute, and Mead Johnson Award, he was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by the University of Toronto, University of King's College, University of New Brunswick, Chinese University of Hong Kong, St. Francis Xavier University, York University and Tel Aviv University.
In 1991, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in October 2007, he was decorated as Knight of the Légion d'Honneur of France. He also received the Order of Ontario and the title of Justice of the Peace (HKSAR) from the Hong Kong SAR Government.
In 2006, the fifth floor of the University of Toronto's Donnelly CCBR building was named after Lap-Chee Tsui to honour his research work.
Ian Rees Davies
|Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong|