It was three decades ago that I matriculated in Robinson College. Thanks to the Prince Philip Scholarship, I was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study Medicine at Cambridge. But it was not only the education I received that defined my time there. Let’s not forget the lifelong friendships that were forged, exposure to English culture, language and humour, the laughter, the somber moments and the numerous incidents which could only have happened there. My sons have probably heard me on more than one occasion describing the time I met Professor Stephen Hawking in the garden of Robinson College. Or the time I was sitting across from a man who was reading A Brief History of Time in a barber shop just moments before Professor Hawking himself appeared there in his wheelchair. Then there were the gloomy days of June 1989. We cherish our memories of this beautiful place for our own personal reasons, and for me they were some of the best memories of all.


Dr Alex Hui Yui is a Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in private practice in Hong Kong.