Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Dean Philip S. Khoury of the School of Humanities and Social Science has announced the receipt of a $1 million gift from an MIT alumnus, Kenneth Fang of Hong Kong, to the school's recently established Chinese Language Program.
The gift will be used to create an endowment named after Mr. Fang's father, S.C. Fang, to support the Chinese Language Program within the school's Foreign Languages and Literatures Section.
"Kenneth Fang's gift will not only allow us to permanently anchor Chinese language in the MIT curriculum," Dean Khoury said, "but also to expand our offerings in Chinese literature and culture. Mr. Fang's generosity is an outstanding example of the continued commitment to MIT by our alumni in Hong Kong."
Mr. Fang, who received the SM in chemical engineering in 1961, is managing director and co-owner of Fang Brothers Knitting Limited, which produces and markets clothes throughout the world. Born in Shanghai, Mr. Fang left China with his family for Hong Kong in 1949. He holds the Order of the British Empire and has twice served as vice president of the MIT Club of Hong Kong.
A version of this article appeared in the November 4, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 12).