FANG, Sir Harry Sin-yang


Father Of Rehabilitation


Sir Harry Fang Sin-yang, Professor, Doctor, GBM CBE JP (方心讓)


He was a prominent Hong Kong orthopaedic surgeon, co-founder of The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation,and unofficial members of the Legislative Council and Executive Council in the 1970s to 1980s.


He was widely known as the “father of rehabilitation” in Asia.


Later in 1996, he was entitled to Knight Bachelor, and in 2001 granted the Grand Bauhinia Medal in recognition of his contribution to the public welfare, rehabilitation and social services.


He was the father of Ms. Christine Fang Man-sang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Council of Social Service.


He was the uncle of Mrs Anson Maria Elizabeth Chan Fang On-sang, former Chief Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR.





1923-08-02, born in Nanjing, from Shou County, Anhui. His father General Fang Zhenwu is a famous hero in the Sino-Japanese War.


1948-07-10, he married his wife Lady Fang Ip Hung-cho.


1949, he graduated at the University of Hong Kong.


1953, he was qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon.


1959, he found The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation and regarded as the Father of Rehabilitation.


1974, he became the Senior Chinese Unofficial Member of The Legislative Councils In Hong Kong.


1978-1983, he was the Unofficial Member of The Executive Councils In Hong Kong.


1983-1993, he was the Steward of HKJC.


1984, he invited Mr Deng Pufang to Happy Valley racing after his first Hong Kong visit for the commencement of the China Welfare Fund for the Disabled Persons.


1993, he became an Honorary Steward of HKJC.


2009-08-24, Professor Sir Harry Fang peacefully passed away at the age of 86.


Professor Sir Harry Fang is survived by his wife Lady Fang Ip Hung-cho, a son and four daughters.


Honor:Grand Bauhinia Medal, Commander of Order, Justice of the Peace





Sir Harry attended most of the races in the 1970s and 1990s and he was a very active horse owner.


Horses owned by Professor & Mrs Harry S Y Fang:


1969 — 1970 ELMA (C035)


1973 — 1974 “力驥” (AJ031) 0-0-0-0


1979-09-29 — 1982-05-12 LIONEL (Z102) 2-4-2-21 T L Lee – R Setches, W T Hung


1985-01-26 — 1987-05-06 WAYNE (BA042) 1-2-2-19 P C Kan – B Leisher


1985-11-23 — 1989-05-24 RICKY (BB093) 1-4-5-37 P C Kan – B Leisher


1989-01-15 — 1994-03-05 BLASE (BE058) 6-4-1-25 K C Lo – D Murphy, P H Chan


1995-03-19 — 1996-01-17 BEAU GESTE (BL014) 0-0-1-9 – T K Ng





As a gentleman of high virtue and integrity, Sir Harry was a great leader who had devoted his lifetime to the rights, welfare and health for the citizens in our community especially for those with special needs.





In the board of HKJC Stewards, he had established a strong infrastructure for his successors to promote and demonstrated clear directions in charity for his colleagues to follow.





Sir Harry Fang Sin-yang – Wikipedia





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