University of Saskatchewan

September 30, 2014   

Distinguished Researchers - 1995

Che Kan Leong
   Spring, 1995
Che Kan Leong
Department of Education
of Exceptional Children

Dr. Leong’s distinguished career began as a secondary school teacher in Hong Kong in 1953. Dr. Leong undertook studies in English Literature and Psychology at the University of Hong Kong (BA 1957) and in Clinical and Educational Psychology at University of Queensland (Dip. Ed. Psych 1960), Hong Kong (MA (Ed) 1964), and the University of Alberta (Ph.D. 1974). Combined with these studies, Dr. Leong lectured and pursued his practical research with the Hong Kong Department of Education.

Dr. Leong joined the University of Saskatchewan’s Institute of Child Guidance Development in 1969, rising through the ranks to Professor and Head of the Department of Education of Exceptional Children.

The excellence of Dr. Leong’s internationally recognized research is demonstrated through his accumulated insights and the development of precise and clear theoretical concepts, tested through a rigorous, empirical, and coherent sequence of investigations. His research on psychological and neuropsychological processes of reading and its difficulties, meta-language awareness, and comparative processes of reading alphabetic (English) and morphemic (Chinese) orthographies, and text-to-speech computer systems to help reading comprehension in older individuals exemplifies a truly inter- and cross-disciplinary approach.

His research contributions extend to graduate teaching, through his books which are used extensively in graduate courses, and through his supervision of Ph.D. and Master’s students. Through extension services to Saskatchewan teachers, his theoretical research has practical value for those who teach reading in the elementary and middle school years. Dr. Leong has published six books, more than 30 book chapters, and 40 research papers in international journals. He is the associate editor of international and interdisciplinary journals.

In recognition of his research expertise, Dr. Leong was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Umea in Sweden and the Samuel T. Orton Award for scientific services in the field of dyslexia as a dedicated teacher, persistent student, careful investigator, and appointed as Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.



Akira Hirose
    Fall, 1995
Akira Hirose
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
College of Arts and Science

Dr. Hirose holds a B.Sc. (1965) and M.Sc. (1967) from Yokohama National University, Japan, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee (1969). Professor Hirose joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1977.

Dr. Hirose is an internationally recognized plasma physicist who leads a program fusion research in the University’s Tokamak facility. The Tokamak is a machine designed to attempt to harness fusion as a source of energy. Such machines are difficult to construct and operate as they are plagued by instabilities and it is very difficult to raise the temperatures and densities of the fuel gases to required values. Dr. Hirose’s theoretical investigations and pioneering experimentation work with the University’s Tokamak reactors have led to breakthroughs in their design and construction.

His 1990 theory for the anomalous electron conductivity in Tokamaks and his prediction of the existence of two new instabilities in the Tokamak magnetic geometry explain the anomalous transport phenomena found in these machines, provide the foundation for understanding what is going on, and is a major step in overcoming the problems of fusion.

Dr. Hirose designed and installed a special neutral beam injector for our Tokamak which increases the temperature of the plasma within the machine to values where fusion takes place. Such innovative research has impressed leading scientists from universities in the Netherlands, Japan, the United States and Canada as well as Quebec Hydro, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Canada’s National Fusion program who have invited Dr. Hirose to collaborate in their research programs. Professor Hirose’s outstanding contributions to the understanding of turbulent heating in plasmas might lead to the exclusive goal of economically feasible fusion energy.

His research contributions include over 120 papers published in refereed physics journals, authorship of two books (Plasma Physics and Introduction to Wave Phenomena), and Associate Editor of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) "Transactions on Plasma Science," a prestigious international publication, since 1984.

In recognition of his research achievements and expertise in plasma physics, Dr. Hirose is the only Physics Department member elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1981) and one of four University faculty elected Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (1986). His 1993 Merit Award from the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society of IEEE and his 1994 earned D.Sc. from this University, demonstrate the breadth of his achievement as an experimental and theoretical physicist.