Kuo Nan-hung (Chinese: 郭南宏; 23 October 1936 – 1 January 2023) was a prominent Taiwanese politician with a distinguished career in both politics and academia.
Early Life and Education
Born on 23 October 1936, Kuo Nan-hung started his journey as an electrical engineer. He pursued his education and excelled in the field.
In 1979, Kuo Nan-hung assumed the esteemed role of President of the National Chiao Tung University, showcasing his prowess in academia. His leadership at the university spanned several years, serving until 1987.
Kuo’s foray into politics began in 1987 when he was appointed to the Executive Yuan under the leadership of President of the Republic of China Chiang Ching-kuo. During his time in the Executive Yuan, he served as the Minister of Transportation and Communications. His tenure in this role stretched from 1987 to 1990.
Following his stint in the transportation and communications sector, Kuo continued to contribute to Taiwanese governance. He assumed the position of Councilor of the Executive Yuan from 1990 to 1993.
From 1993 to 1996, Kuo Nan-hung took on the pivotal role of Minister of the National Science and Technology Council, where he played a crucial part in shaping policies related to science and technology in Taiwan.
Return to Academia
After his impactful career in politics, Kuo made the decision to return to the National Chiao Tung University, where he had previously served as President. His commitment to education and academia remained unwavering.
Tragically, on 1 January 2023, Kuo Nan-hung succumbed to complications arising from COVID-19 at the age of 86. His passing marked the end of an era in Taiwanese politics and academia, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and service to his country. Kuo’s contributions to both the academic and political spheres continue to be remembered and celebrated, serving as an inspiration to future generations.