Dr Wu Lien-Teh
1879 - 1960

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh was born in Penang in 1879, one of the three towns of the Straits Settlements (the others being Malacca and Singapore). Penang and Malacca are now part of Malaysia. His father was a goldsmith whose family immigrated from Taishan, Guandong, China whereas his mother was a second-generation Hakka residing on the island. As a young boy, his parents sent him to study at Penang Free School.


He was English-educated, a King's Scholar and the first person of Chinese descent to graduate as a medical doctor from the University of Cambridge. In 1906, he founded the Anti-Opium Association in Penang.


Dr Wu was a physician renowned for his work in public health and particularly, as the 'Plague Fighter' who stamped out the Manchurian plague of 1910–11. He was also the first Malayan and the first Chinese-heritage person nominated to receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1935.


His other claim to fame is as the inventor of the Wu mask, the precursor of today's N95 mask.


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Dr Wu Lien-Teh

This website is specially created by Mr CK Mak and Dr Yvonne Ho AM to commemorate the lifetime work in Public Health of Dr Wu Lien-Teh.


Yvonne is a medical doctor who specialises in radiology with subspecialty interests in nuclear medicine/PET, musculoskeletal imaging, administration and education.


She serves on various Boards, Council and committees of Australian public organisations. Yvonne is unique because she also has an established parallel career in music.


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    Speaker | Board Director | Educator | Musician | Radiologist | Nuclear Medicine Specialist
    2015 Member of the Order of Australia
    2014 Winner of the Australia Awards
    2013 Inductee of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women
    Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government
    Victorian Honour Roll of Women Ambassador
    Director of Cambridge Healthcare
    Director of Charteris Music School

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The Star Sunday Post Publication About The Good Doctor From Penang
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General News Articles About Dr Wu Lien-Teh

The Star Sunday Post :
The good doctor from Penang.

The Star News :
Wu Lien-Teh: Malaysia's little-known plague virus fighter.

Penang Monthly :
WU LIEN-TEH The Father of Modern Medicine in China.

The Star News :
Legendary plague fighter.

Articles About Masks & Its Inventor Dr Wu Lien-Teh

MSN News :
The Original N95 Type Mask Was Designed By A Malaysian.

The Rakyat Post :
The Original N95 Type Mask Was Designed By A Malaysian.

Fast Company Post :
The untold origin story of the N95 mask.

Sixth Tone Article :
A Brief History of Face Masks in China.

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