Prof Kan-Wen Ma 馬堪溫教授


Date 15 January 2010 Interviewed by Elaine Ng
Language English    

Professor Kan-Wen Ma is currently an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. After graduating from the former Yenching University he worked as an Assistant Editor to the ''China Bulletin of New Medicine'' at the Peking Medical College in 1951. In 1954, he became a premiere researcher in the department for the History of Medicine at the Central Academy of Health.

In 1955 he was transferred to the Institute for the History of Chinese Medicine and Medical Literature at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he was promoted as a Professor. After coming to Britain, from 1987 to the present, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Senior Research Fellow of the Joint Department of Human Sciences and Medical Ethics at the London Hospital Medical College, and Guest Professor of the Institute for the History of Medicine, Vienna University. He served as a council member to several professional organisations, including the International Society of Medical History, and the Standing Committee for the Translation and Publication of Joseph Needham's Works. He served as a member of Editorial committees to several journals, including the Chinese Journal of Medical History; Acupuncture in Medicine.

He was invited to give lectures at several international conferences in several counties and districts, such as Japan, Germany, Austria, Canada, and Hong Kong. He has been the Honorary Senior Adviser to the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK), Senior Adviser to the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, and Adviser to the China National Committee for the Standardisation of English Translation of Chinese Medical Terms. As an author, co-author or co-compiler, he has published twelve books and dictionaries and 160 articles on Chinese medicine and history of Chinese medicine.