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Dr. Stephen Hui
The establishment of the Stephen Hui Geological Museum has been made possible through the continuous and generous donation and support by the family of the late Dr Stephen Sze Fun Hui, a mining engineer/ geologist and philanthropist whose generosity and vision helped the advancement of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and overseas.

Dr. Stephen Sze Fun Hui was born in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province on June 13, 1912, as the second son of four children of Mr. Hui Oi Chow. At the age of 14 he came to Hong Kong with his family to continue his education and graduated from the Diocesan Boy's School. He then pursued his studies at the St. John's University in Shanghai, where he majored in Civil Engineering in 1936. He furthered his study at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA where he graduated in 1940 with a double degree in Mining Engineering and Geological Engineering.

After Dr. Hui returned to Hong Kong he worked on the exploration and development of the ferrous and non-ferrous mineral deposits in Guangxi in China. From 1956-1970 he became the chief mining engineer and General Manager of the Yan Hing Mining company Ltd. working on the exploration of the Needle Hill Wolfram Mine and Lin Fa Shan Iron Wolfram Mine in the New Territories of Hong Kong. His professional achievements were acknowledged with the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Hong Kong in 1980 and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Colorado School of Mines in 1986.

During his life, Dr Stephen Hui was an enthusiastic collector of minerals and rocks from across the world, which he showcased to the Hong Kong public during the first mineral exhibition ever held in Hong Kong in May 1976. He generously donated his extensive collection to the University of Hong Kong with the vision of fulfilling his dream to establish a geological museum in Hong Kong. Since Dr Stephen Hui passed away in 1989 at the age of 78, his wife and children have continued to fulfill their father's wish to support the advancement of Earth Sciences in Hong Kong. This has included the setting up of the Dr. Stephen S.F. Hui Trust Fund and the establishment of the Stephen Hui Geological Museum at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. Dr. Stephen Hui's extensive mineral and rock collection now represents the core of the museumís permanent Earth Material display.