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Mapping Science: Hong Kong

Our tour of scientific cities and territories takes its first foray into Asia, with this map of Hong Kong by Gabriel Wong of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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On the map, universities are shown in turquoise, institutes in green, cultural institutions in red, and publishing in blue.

Since transfer from British rule in 1997, Hong Kong has been a powerhouse of innovation, research and technology for the Chinese economy. Hong Kong has a significant scientific output, with world-class research in a number of areas including engineering, cancer biology and infectious diseases. Of the nine universities, the University of Hong Kong is often ranked as the best in Asia and will celebrate its centenary next year.

The city also has some notable scientists. Last year, Hong Kong scientist "Charles Kao ":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_K.Kaoshared the Nobel Prize for Physics, for ‘groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication’. Kao was born in Shanghai, but was educated in Hong Kong and the UK, and worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Vice-Chancellor (1987-1996). Geneticist Tsui Lap-cheeLap-chee is another celebrated researcher from Hong Kong, known for his role in identifying the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, whilst working in Canada. He was President of the Human Genome Organisation (2000-2002) and now serves as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Hong Kong (since 2002).

On a cultural note, Hong Kong contains museums of science and spance as well as various nature reserves, wetlands and zoological gardens.

The map is very much a starting point – there’s plenty more to add. We welcome additions (and any scientific trivia concerning Hong Kong) in the comments.

If you’d like to put together a map of science in your own city or region, please contact Matt Brown (i.am.mattbrown – at – gmail.com) for assistance.

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