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Dr. Lawrence Chan papers

Identifier: MS 0766
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Content Description

This collection contains copies of correspondence, legislation, and proceedings pertaining to Dr. Chan's acquisition of permanent residency and citizenship in the U.S.; clippings of news articles covering Dr. Chan's research in diabetes and heart disease, as well as copies of miscellaneous honors and Chinese language documents; a copy of the program for the University of Hong Kong ceremony granting Dr. Chan his honorary degree, along with pertinent documents; and two volumes compiling papers co-authored by Dr. Chan from a variety of publications.


  • Creation: 1977 - 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Dr. Lawrence Chan papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Lawrence Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1942, a month before the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. He studied medicine at the University of Hong Kong, graduating in 1966; he then interned at the University of Western Ontario before completing his residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1973, he came to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he remained until his retirement in 2016. Due to his peculiar situation as an immigrant from Hong Kong—then a British colony—a law in the U.S. Senate had to be passed for him to acquire permanent residency in 1977; he and his family naturalized and obtained citizenship several years later. He made his career in academic medicine, researching obesity, endocrinology, and diabetes. He held a professorship at Baylor, was Director of the NIH Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center (DERC). In 2007, he received the Edwin B. Astwood Award—one of the most prestigious in endocrinology and metabolism; he was also involved in diabetes outreach events.


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This collection includes a copy of the Senate bill which authorized his permanent residency in the U.S., clippings of news articles on Dr. Chan's work, a copy of an honorary degree from the University of Hong Kong, and publications of papers that he co-authored.

Guide to the Dr. Lawrence Chan papers, 1977 - 2016
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Amanda Focke
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA