CityU’s Founding Director Professor David Johns passes away

Dear colleagues, students and alumni,

We are very sorry to announce that Professor David Johns, Founding Director of City Polytechnic from 1983 to 1989, has died aged 88.

As Founding Director, Professor Johns paved the way for CityU’s global successes in professional education and research.

Professor Johns led a highly successful career in aeronautical engineering in the UK before coming to Hong Kong. He joined Loughborough College of Technology as its first Reader in Aeronautics and over a period of 19 years, he was appointed Professor, Head of Department, Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) and Senior PVC.

In Hong Kong, he supervised the early rounds of student recruitment for City Polytechnic and helped to design the new City University of Hong Kong. After Hong Kong, he returned to the UK where he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford from 1989 to 1998.

In 1998 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for services to higher education. He held the position of Chartered Engineer and Fellowships at the Royal Aeronautical Society, Aeronautical Society of India, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Professor Johns maintained close connections with CityU over the years. He attended our anniversary banquet in 2009 and gave a talk in 2011 about his career in engineering.

We have contacted Professor Johns’ family and expressed our deep sadness at this news. He is survived by his wife Sheila, his daughter Sue, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Way Kuo
President and University Distinguished Professor

26 September 2019










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