In 2012 April 12th I had the opportunity to meet this remarkable Sibu born Physics Professor of Xiamen University.
|A very simple cover of the Year Book (Sarawak Sibu Methodist High School|
Graduation Memorial/Remembrance Book (Note that the middle Chinese characters for Sarawak is not the same as today's)
|Prof Xu was gracious when points out HIS PAGE in this posed photograph|
|Message from Mr. John Pilley (the Principal) in the Year Book|
|The Editorial Committee wrote very succintly about Prof Qu..."He is a very hardworking boy from a poor family. He was self supporting - working part time and studying at the same time. In the morning he went to school and in the afternoon he taught in another school and did everything possible to earn a few cents..."|
In 1956 when China promoted its new government and new ways..Prof Qu saw his opportunity to seek a FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION he quickly took a slow boat and arrived in Xiamen. Thus he began his brilliant career in Physics which at that time was in need of good brains like his.
He servered Xiamen Univeristy until his retirement. Now he is Vice Secretary General of Xiamen Senior Professors Association and Chief Supervisor of Xiamen Solidarity of Retunred Overseas Chinese from Malaysia. He is also Secretary General of Xiamen MEMS Research Society. He continues to be Professor of the Physics Department of Xiamen Unviersity.
He and his wife continue to live within the university campus.
I was so so touched by his kindness towards our team. He came to the airport to receive us at 9 p.m!!. Took us to a VIP Cafe where we enjoyed Blue Mountain Coffee - a special brew and very expensive per cup in the morning when he arranged for a meet up with another professor who has special interests in our work...and then when we departed the next day for Xian Yew he came to say good bye even though he had only a few minutes to spare before a meeting.
He has indeed lived up to the Methodist School Motto in his very special way and capacity
(P/s another similar story is available in Steve Ling's blog "Going Places".)