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K. Y. Kwong Edit Profile

also known as Kuang Sun-mou

engineer

Mr. K. Y. Kwong was a Chinese Assistant engineer and Chief engineer on different railways all aroung China including Pinghsiang-Chuchow Railway, Peking-Hankow Railway, Peking-Mukden Railway and others.

Background

Mr. K. Y. Kwong, a native of Nanhai Hsien, Guangdong Province, was born in Guangzhou in 1863.

Education

Mr. Kwong was one of the first groups of young Chinese who was sent to America by the Chinese government tio receive modern education.

Mr. Kwong prepared for college in Williston Seminary, East- hampton, Mass., from 1887 to 1880. He entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1880 and joined the class, but returned to China in 1882, before graduation.

Career

From 1882 to 1886 Mr. Kwong was general assistant in the Kaiping Mining Company, Tongshan. From 1886 to 1900 he was assistant engineer on Peking-Mukden Railway. He was assistant engineer in the Pinghsiang-Chuchow Railway from 1901 to 1903.

Mr. Kwong rejoined the Peking-Mukden Railway as resident engineer from 1903 to 1905. And was district engineer on the Peking-Kalgan Railway in the fall of 1905-1906. In the fall of 1906 he became engineer-in-chief of the Guangzhou and of the Guangzhou-Hankow Railway. From 1911 to 1916 he was chief engineer of the Peking-Suiyuan Railway and from 1917 to 1919 that of the Tientsm-Pukow Railway.

During 1920-1921 Mr. Kwong was shop superintendent of the Peking-Hankow and Peking-Suiyuan Railways. From 1921 to 1922 he was engineer-in-chief of the Peking-Suiyjaan and consulting engineer of Peking-Hankow Railway. He retired to private life in May 1922.

Mr. Kwong was awarded in December 1912 the Fifth Order of Chiaho; in November 1913 the Fourth Order of Wenfu; in March 1915 the Fourth Order of Chiaho; in December 1917 the Third Order of Chiaho and in February 1921 the Fourth Order of Paokuang Chiaho.

He was for some time president of the Association of Chinese and American engineers and also of the Chinese Engineers’ Association. He was also a member of the Commission for the location of railroad lines called by the Ministry of Communications.