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“To inherit ancestors’ education ambition"

Meizhou Daily interviewed with American Academy of Arts and Sciences Hou Yizhao when he return home to give lectures

Update: 2016-09-12 15:33:19 Source: MeiZhou Daily Hits:135

Just got off the plane,academician Hou Yizhao rushed to his ancestral home located at LanTangHou House,Zhou Xi Viliage,Jinshan Street,Meijiang District,stepped into the old somewhat dilapidated house where his grandfather used to live,chated with Hou's clan while turning the pages of the genealogy.This was the the first time to return home during the pasting 50 years,Hou Yizhao felt a deep nostalgia.While speaking of his lectures brought to hometown,he said frankly that this is a heritage of his ancestors Hou Anguo's education ambition.During the lecture in Jiaying University,academician Hou Yizhao accepted an interview with our reporter.

Get into the complicated mood while returning,recall with deep emotion towards the ancestors

Hou Yizhao's grandfather Hou Youlang left his home town when he was young,and leaved for Indonesia to work.“My Family life was quite tough at that time,my father was fetched back for schooling in Zhanjiang by my aunt,so my aunt is just like my grandmother.”Hou Yizhao said that the grave of his aunt has been placed in the hometown,to worship his aunt and ancestors in hometown was always his desire.

“What a shame am I,I could not speak Hakka dialect,so I'm a little afraid while returning hometown,but the desire to return was more and more intense.”Hou Yizhao said he always considered himselves as a Hakka descendant,Meizhou is just his root.

During the stay in hometown,what he felt the deepest is that great attention has been paid to the education of the next generation.Hou Yizhao said his ancestors Hou Anguo gave lectures during the Song Chunyou Dynasty,who had made Meizhou lliterary stlye gradually flourished.Later,Meizhou's dedication to education has been continued up to now.

Speaking of the deeds of his ancestors,Hou Yizhao was full of gratitude,hope to practise what he preaches.,pass on his ancestors'education ambition.“My father never stop learning even in the most difficult time,he required us to try hard to find a way of receiving education at any time.”Now,Hou Yizhao has become a famous preacher,guided dozens of doctoral students,and gained many achievements in the world.

Return hometown for teaching,gave thanks to mentor

It was in 1977 when the college entrance examination was recently restored,Hou Yizhao,only 15 years old,entered into the South China University of technology(SCUT),Department of applied mathematics,started to become attached to math.Hou Yizhao shared his learning experience with students at the International Conference Center of Jiaying University.

The abstract mathematical concept during University time once made Hou Yizhao feel depressed,he finally did the graduation thesis in an super-simple way,which was severely criticized by his teacher,who said that he did not think on his own and there was no innovation,which made Hou Yizhao begin"resuscitation".He said:"On the way of learning,I fell down and sometimes felt confused,but I was well guided by mentor each time.After that,he learned that there is no shortcuts on the way of learning,my current achievements rely heavily on the hardwork step by step."

In 1983,Hou Yizhao went to the United States,to study in University of California,Losangeles(UCLA).At first when he was taking applied differential equations courses,his teacher set very difficult questions,which needed a lot of time ruminating after class.He said:"inspired by the teacher,I started to think seriously,gain sentiment,and get to understand the importance of ingenuity,my later affirmed research on applied mathematics to a great extent lies in the originality of my research.”

In the interview,Hou Yizhao also mentioned Shing-Tung Yau,a well-known mathematician and native of Meizhou.He said that,although they’re in two different research areas,they are close friends,and their achievements are derived from down to earth research and thinking.

Hou Yizhao said that the main purpose of this lecturing is to share with students the story of his study and research,hoping to give them an inspiration.“My father always hoped that I could return home to give lectures and pass on the ancestors'education ambition.I wish that today's students have to learn to work hard,and dare to break through themselves and challenge authority.”

Profile of academician Hou Yizhao

Hou Yizhao,male,born in 1962,with ancestral home of LanTang Hou's house,Zhouxi viliage,Jinshan Street,Meijiang District(former LanTang village,Eastern suburbs town,Meixian county),Meizhou early cultural and educational sage Hou Anguo's twenty-third generation descendant,dean of the Applied Mathematics Department and Professor of California Institute of Technology in the United States,his main research areas includes applied mathematics and computational mathematics,and got many original results in fluid mechanics,multi-scale problems,nonlinear partial differential equations and many other aspects.In 2004,he won the Chenxing prize in Mathematics,known as"Chinese Fields Award",In 2005,he won the Computing and Applied Science Award by the American Association for Applied computational mechanics,In 2011,he became the fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.(Reporter:Yuan xiaomin)