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Reminiscence of a Roving Scholar by Peng Yoke Ho

By Peng Yoke Ho

This attention-grabbing publication offers the weird occupation of a scientist of chinese language Malaysian foundation, Ho Peng Yoke, who grew to become a humanist and rendered his prone to either jap and Western highbrow worlds. It describes how Ho tailored to operating lower than altering social and educational environments in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong and England. His actions additionally coated East Asia, Europe and North the United States. Ho Peng Yoke labored in collaboration with Joseph Needham of Cambridge over various classes spanning part a century within the enormous sequence technology and Civilization in China. Ho to that end succeeded Needham as Director of the Needham learn Institute, the place he held the submit for 12 years. within the creation to the ultimate quantity of that sequence, the Oxford student Mark Elvin remarked that Ho “had lengthy piloted the send via tough times.” This ebook tells the tale and extra.

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9 The Japanese army gained control of the Malay Peninsula very quickly. It entered Ipoh before Christmas and occupied Singapore on 15th of February 1942. Ipoh was relatively peaceful, probably because the Japanese met little resistance on its way. Under Japanese occupation some English schools were turned into Japanese schools, while some were used for other purposes. St. Michael’s Institution became the headquarters of the state government and the Convent School was turned into the Perak Japanese Language Teachers Training Institute, which was later renamed Perak Normal School.

After a month we moved into the second floor of number 5 Victoria Street behind Emmanuel College and just five minutes walk away from Gonville and Caius at a rent of 20 guineas a month. When I arrived in Cambridge I thought what I would be asked to do would at least have some remote connection with physics. However, Needham said he had already sent his manuscripts on the mathematics and astronomy sections to the press, and that all the required material for the physics, engineering and shipbuilding sections were already assembled for him to work on.

There was a third collaborator, whom I met in Singapore a couple of years before I first went to Cambridge. He was Kenneth Robinson, who contributed the acoustic section in volume 4, part 1 of Science and Civilisation in China. Robinson was then with the Department of Education in Singapore as Head of the Chinese Teachers Training College at Patterson Road. He rejoined Needham in the year 1980 and helped him to mediate between collaborators as well as in the actual writing of the most important parts in volume 7 of Science and Civilisation in China.

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