Chinese economist and translator Professor Yang, who matriculated in 1945, has been awarded an honorary fellowship. He credits a constant use of the brain, learning new things frequently, and physical exercises for his longevity.

Corpus Christi is delighted to announce that its oldest Old Member, Professor Yang Jingnian, has been elected to an honorary fellowship in recognition of a life-time’s achievement in teaching and research in China - latterly at the University of Nankai.

Now 107 years old, he came up in 1945 to read for a D.Phil in Economics, before returning to a very different China under Mao Tse Tung (while many of his Chinese contemporaries at Oxford relocated to the United States). In the 1960s Professor Yang endured great hardships during the Cultural Revolution, but continued to research and write. Professor Yang recalls happy times at Corpus under the Presidency of Sir Richard Livingstone.

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By Ben Mueller
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What an amazing man!

By timothy keates
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It is an honour to see and hear Prof. Yang Jingnian. What a long life! The twists and turns of Mao's policies are still remembered, by which he did untold harm to China. That there are people who continue to venerate him passes all understanding.

By William Dawson
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I AM VERY MUCH IMPRESSED WITH THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF YANG JINGNIAN. I GRADUATED FROM MCGILL UNIVERSITY IN 1945, BUT I AM CERTAIN THAT I WILL NEVER EQUAL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR LIFE SPAN OF YANG.

By Daud Khan
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What a lovely person.

By Haiyan
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It's a pity to know that Professor Yang Jingnian died on 4 September, 2016.

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