Tsoo Hong Lee China

Biography of Tsoo Hong Lee

Tsoo Hong Lee
Tsoo Hong Lee

Tsoo Hong Lee (modern day spelling, Li Yishi) graduated BSc from the University of Glasgow on 21 June 1915. He was born in Soochow (Suzhou), son of Pon, a retired civil servant.

Lee first matriculated in 1910-11, aged 24, joining the Faculty of Science. During his four years he signed up for classes and advanced classes in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy (Physics), Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. Lee was also a student at the Glasgow School of Art from 1907-1912, and became the first Chinese student in the UK to graduate in the Fine Arts.

Lee used his studies in Art and Engineering from Glasgow throughout his career as a lecturer of Engineering at the Beijing School of Engineering, and Professor and Director of the Oil Painting Department at Beijing Art School where he pioneered the study and practice of Western Art in China.

Tsoo Hong Lee's cousin, Chung Un Lee, also studied at the University.


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Archival Materials

  • R4/5/5/ Graduate Schedule
  • R8/ Matriculation Records 1910-14


Tsoo Hong Lee
Born 5 August 1886, Suzhou, China.
GU Degree: BSc, 1915; Science and Engineering,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: artists; engineers
English snippet: Science graduate of the University of Glasgow, pioneer in the dissemination of Western Art in China
Record last updated: 28th Jul 2015

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