Face Mask Inventor’s Accomplishments Inspire Biography
LA Malaysia Silk Road Society (MSRS) has released the biography of epidemiologist Dr Wu Lien-Teh, who invented the medical face mask that became today’s N95 respirator.
MSRS President Datuk Dr Cheah See Kian, who is also the author of the Chinese and English publications, said the books are now on sale.
“We are doing our part to remember his accomplishments as he was the first Penangite who was not afraid of danger and traveled to Harbin, China to fight the Rat Plague.
“His stories have also inspired the world today in the fight against Covid-19.
“To this day, everyone still wears the surgical masks invented by Dr. Wu.
“He remains the pride of Penangites and even Malaysians to this day. We hope that history can commemorate Dr Wu’s selfless contributions to humanity.
“He was the country’s unrivaled infectious disease expert,” Dr Cheah said in his speech at the Malaysia Silk Road Society’s annual general meeting in Penang.
Also present was the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang, Dr. Lu Shiwei.
In January this year, Dr Cheah said the company also held the “Dr Wu Lien-Teh International Forum” both virtually and face-to-face.
He said they invited Dr. Wu’s great-grandniece, Alison Chong Nyuen Yin, company president Dr. Wu Lien-Teh, Datuk Seri, Dr. Anwar Fazal, and honorary treasurer Clement Liang to share Dr. Wu’s life and contributions at the time.
“In addition to promoting more academic events, we have also successfully collaborated with seven other academics to co-author a new paper analyzing the Maritime Silk Road, which is expected to be published by September this year.
“The latest publication will review the historical background of the Maritime Silk Road or One Belt One Road Initiative, as well as the importance of modern economic exchanges from a global perspective, including China’s goals proposing the One Belt One Road initiative. added Dr. Cheah.