59. Wen Fong


The Princeton University Art Museum’s collection of Chinese and Japanese art ranks among the best in the world, largely due to the curatorial efforts of emeritus Professor Wen Fong ’51 *58, a leading authority on Chinese art.  Fong was born and educated in Shanghai until 1948, when he came to Princeton to earn an A.B. and Ph.D. in art and archeology, joining the faculty in 1954.  Between 1961 and 1988, he directed the University’s program in Chinese and Japanese art and archeology, the first such program in an American college.  Fong also served as the head of the Asian Art Department at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and has been instrumental in creating collections and organizing exhibitions and symposiums for both Princeton and the Met.