Quanta's Barry Lam receives honorary doctorate

Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Barry Lam, founder and chairman of Quanta Computer, received an honorary doctoral degree from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Hsinchu City on Wednesday. NTHU President Chen Lih-juann praised Lam's accomplishments in achieving breakthroughs in the technological sector and reaching out to humanity. Lam has "the techniques of an engineer and the perspective of an artist," Chen said. The ties between Lam and the university have lasted for 40 years, according to Chen. When Lam was a university student, he frequently visited NTHU's lab to use an advanced calculator for his assignments, and participated in many of the school's activities, Chen said. In addition, Lam responded to NTHU Life Science Professor Li Chia-wei's call in 2009 to build science labs in Pingbei Senior High School to help educate indigenous children who were victims of Typhoon Morakot. The school is located in one of the regions that were hardest hit by the typhoon. Lam said he was very happy to receive the honor, which carries an important responsibility in light of the fact that NTHU is one of the most prestigious schools in the ethnic Chinese world. Lam and the late vice chairman of Inventec Corp. Sayling Wen designed Taiwan's first computer in 1972 and they received the country's first youth award from then-Premier Chiang Ching-kuo. In 1988, Lam founded Quanta Computers, and in 1999 the company became the world's largest contract maker of notebooks. (By Huang Yen-yu and C.J. Lin)