Printed prospectus for SACU's inauguration, listing the aims and objectives of the new society. It is followed by the initial list of 172 sponsors. It also included a membership form. Only the text is included here. A facsimile of the complete document is also available in PDF format.

This page includes links to Wikipedia and other web sites about the many eminent sponsors. I have also included the dates and extra notes in italics about some of the sponsors.


THE SOCIETY FOR ANGLO-CHINESE UNDERSTANDING (SACU) seeks to provide a medium through which the vast panorama of Chinese life may be brought closer to the British people.

From the most ancient times, Chinese thought and practice have made unique contributions to the richness of all human civilisation. Scholars in every field of endeavour pay tribute to the genius of the Chinese people, continuously active throughout the ages.

In ancient and mediaeval times China was often in the forefront of discovery and invention, with a standard of life - as Marco Polo found - higher than anything that Europe could then show. But with the coming of the Renaissance, while modem science and technology arose in the West, generating powerful nations and communities which took their people into the era of worldwide commerce, industrialisation, mass production - all the achievements of the modem age, Chinese culture continued to follow for a long time the slow growth of her age - old ways, isolated from these great up-thrusts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, in the latter half of the 20th century, the Chinese people have thrown off the cramping features of their past society. They are emerging once again to recreate their former greatness and to take their place as a nation with an immense contribution to the striving of the human race towards abundance and peace.

Reflecting this, SACU will seek to convey to the British people something of the richness and grandeur of the old China as well as the individual initiative and united energy of the new.

Today in China, a great aggregate of peoples, more than one fifth of the human race, is engaged in an unprecedented struggle to break out of the deprivations, poverty and backwardness of its pre-industrial society and create a new, bustling, dynamic nationhood. This tremendous endeavour must be seen and understood by the watching world; its true significance must be appreciated. No international problem can be truly analysed and no solution can be evolved if this metamorphosis in China is denied or wrongly interpreted. By providing fact and information of the widest scope, SACU aims to enable every interested person in Britain to make his or her own assessment of this development.

While SACU, as a British organisation, will not identify itself with Chinese policies, it is essential that Chinese views on all matters should be made known. This does not exclude constructive comment and sympathetic criticism. What it will attempt is to foster friendly relations between our countries, making more widely known to the British people the currents of thought and tradition that ran unbroken through the old China, by tracing the transition from the old to the new and by reporting and analysing all the varied elements that make up the totality of present-day China. The study of China's culture, history, science, agriculture, industry, commerce, politics, education, social welfare and sport illuminates all the aspirations, problems and great achievements of the Chinese people, past and present. Thus we hope that SACU may become a living link which will deepen understanding and appreciation.

Translated into practice, SACU will be an organisation of individual members and local or regional branches. It will be concerned with:

(a) The distribution of Chinese books, magazines, statements, pamphlets, etc.

(b) The publication of a magazine providing information about all planned activities, articles of general interest, members' views and comments, and news from China.

(c) Planning of major central events, e.g. theatrical and musical, exhibitions, lectures, film shows.

(d) Organisation of delegations to and from China.

(e) Exploring opportunities of explaining British life and ideas to the Chinese people.

(f) Group tours to China.

(g) Assembling a varied stock of Chinese films (features, documentaries, scientific, news, etc.) which will be generally available.

(h) Providing an information service for schools, researchers, and others interested in specific aspects of Chinese developments.

(i) Acting, as and when possible, as a liaison for the exchange of information in cultural matters between China and Britain.

(j) The establishment of committees of specialists drawn from the membership, e.g. Music, Drama, Dance, History, Education, Science, Archaeology, Economics, Social Relations, etc.

(k) The provision of lecturers for SACU branches, universities, schools, societies, political parties, professional organisations, etc.

All residents of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth interested in the aims and activities of the Society are cordially invited to join as members.


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Dr. John H. Fremlin 4/3/1913-09/3/1995Department of Physics, University of BirminghamNuclear physicist
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Sir John Fulton 27/5/1092-14/3/1986Vice-Chancellor, University of SussexUniversity administrator, BBC governor
Penelope Gilliatt 25/3/1932-9/5/1993Novelist, screenwriter, film critic
D. V. Glass 2/1/1911-23/9/1978Professor of Sociology, University of LondonSociologist
Victor Gollancz 9/4/1893-8/2/1967Publisher, humanitarian
Jack GrayDepartment of History, University of Glasgow Historian
Beryl Grey 11/6/1927-Ballet dancer
Sir Kenneth Grubb, C.M.G., LL.D. 9/9/1900-3/61980Chairman, House of Laity, Church Assembly Missionary, public servant
Sir Noel Hall 1902-1983Principal, Brasenose College, OxfordEconomist, academic
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Dr. W. B. Harland 22/3/1917-1/11/2003Department of Geology, University of CambridgeGeologist
David Hawkes 6/7/1923-31/7/2009Professor of Chinese, University of OxfordSinologist
Jacquetta Hawkes 5/8/1910-18/3/1996Archaeologist, writer
Barbara Hepworth 10/1/1903-20/5/1975Artist, sculptor
Christopher Hill 6/2/1912-23/2/2003Master-Elect, Balliol College, OxfordHistorian, author
E. J. HillPresident, Amalgamated Society of BoilermakersTrade unionist
Hilde T. Himmelweit 1918-1989Professor of Social Psychology, University of LondonSocial psychologist
H. E. Hinton, F.R.S. 24/8/1912-2/8/1977Professor of Entomology, University of BristolEntomologist
Eric Hobsbawm 9/6/1917-1/10/2012Reader in History, Birkbeck College, LondonHistorian
Dorothy C. Hodgkin, O.M., F.R.S. 12/5/1910-29/7/1994Wolfson Research Professor; Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford Biochemist, Nobel prize Chemistry 1964
Lancelot Hogben, F.R.S. 9/12/1895-22/8/1975Vice-Chancellor, University of GuyanaZoologist, statistician
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H. Emlyn Hooson, Q.C. 26/3/1925-21/2/2012Member of Parliament, MontgomeryLawyer, politician (Liberal)
Alec Horsley 1/9/1902-11/6/1993Industrialist, Founder of CND
Sir Julian Huxley, F.R.S. 22/6/1887-14/2/1975Biologist, Founder of WWF
D. W. JamesReader in Anatomy, University College, LondonPhysician
Dr. Hewlett Johnson 25/1/1874-22/10/1966Anglican priest
Richard Kahn, F.B.A. 10/8/1905-6/6/1989Economist, academic
Franklin Kidd, F.R.S. 1890-1974Chief Scientific Officer, D.S.I.R. (Retd.)Scientist, civil servant
Commander Sir Stephen King-Hall 21/1/1893-2/6/1966Editor, King-Hall News-LetterNaval officer, politician, writer
Dr. N. Kurti, F.R.S. 14/5/1908-24/11/1998Reader in Physics, University of OxfordPhysicist
D. LambertGeneral Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Foundry WorkersTrade unionist
Dr. E. R. Lapwood 1910-1984Fellow of Emmanuel College, CambridgeGeologist, peace activist
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Benn W. Levy 7/3/1900-7/12/1973Politician (Labour), playwright
Hyman Levy 1889-1975Emeritus Professor, University of LondonPhilosopher, mathematician
Oscar Lewenstein 18/1/1917-23/2/1997Theatre and film producer
Arthur Ling, F.R.I.B.A., M.T.P.L.1913-1995Professor of Architecture and Civic Planning, University of NottinghamArchitect
Kenneth Little 1906-1991Professor of Social Anthropology, University of EdinburghAnthropologist
Joan Littlewood 6/10/1914-20/9/2002Theatre director
Sir Ben Lockspeiser 9/3/1891-18/10/1990Chemist, President of CERN
Christopher Logue 23/11/1926-2/12/2011Poet, pacifist
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, F.R.S. 28/1/1903-1/4/1971Professor of Chemistry, University of London Physicist, crystallographer
Sir Robert Macintosh 17/10/1897-28/8/1989Professor of Anaesthetics, University of OxfordPhysician, anaesthetist
Sir Compton Mackenzie 1883-1972Novelist, writer, SNP founder
The Rt. Rev. William Lindsay Greer, D.D. 28/2/1902-30/10/1972Bishop of ManchesterAnglican bishop
Dr. Sidnie Manton, F.R.S. 4/5/1902-2/1/1979Research Fellow, Queen Mary's College, LondonEntomologist
Kingsley Martin 28/7/1897-16/2/1969Journalist, editor of New Statesman
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Denis Mathews 18/8/1913-1997Artist
Denis Matthews 27/2/1919-25/12/1988Pianist, musicologist
Somerset Maugham 25/1/1874-16/12/1965Novelist, writer, playwright
Dr. Kurt Mendelssohn, F.R.S. 7/1/1906-18/9/1980Reader in Physics, University of OxfordPhysicist
Bernard Miles 27/9/1897-14/6/1991Actor, director
Jim Mortimer 12/1/1921-23/4/2013Trade unionist, Labour party secretary
John Mortimer 21/4/1923-16/1/2009Lawyer, author, screenwriter, playwright
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Dr. Dorothy Needham, F.R.S. 22/9/1896-22/12/1987Research Worker, Biochemical Laboratory, CambridgeBiochemist
Dr. Joseph Needham, F.R.S. 9/12/1900-24/3/1995Fellow and President, Gonville and Caius College, CambridgeBiochemist, sinologist
John Neville 2/5/1925-19/11/2011Actor
W.C. W. Nixon 22/11/1903-9/2/1966Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of LondonPhysician
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Conor Cruise O'Brien 3/11/1917-18/12/2008Politician, writer, historian
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Wilder Penfield, O.M., F.R.S. 26/1/1891-5/4/1976Honorary Consultant, Montreal Neurological InstitutePioneering neuro-surgeon
Roland Penrose 14/10/1900-1984Chairman, Institute of Contemporary ArtsArtist, historian, poet
William Plomer 10/12/1903-21/9/1973Novelist, poet
Cecil Powell, F.R.S. 5/12/1903-9/8/1969Professor of Physics, University of BristolPhysicist, Nobel prize winner (Physics) 1950
Herbert M. Powell, F.R.S. 1906-1991Professor of Chemical Crystallography, University of OxfordPhysicist
John B. Priestley 13/9/1894-14/8/1984Novelist, playwright
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The Rev. J. Putterill Vicar of Thaxted, Anglican priest
Dame Marie Rambert, D.Litt. 20/2/1888-12/6/1982Director, Ballet RambertDancer, teacher
Sir Herbert Read 1893-1968President, Institute of Contemporary ArtsPoet, art critic
Sir Michael Redgrave 20/3/1908-21/3/1985Actor, director
Vanessa Redgrave 30/01/1937Actor, political activist
E. A. C. Roberts 20/4/1912-20/8/1994Politician (Labour), Trade unionist
Joan Robinson, F.B.A. 31/10/1903-5/8/1983Reader in Economics, University of CambridgeEconomist
Micheal Rothenstein 19/3/1908-6/7/1993Artist, printmaker
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Alan Sillitoe 4/3/1928-25/4/2010Writer
Norman F. Simpson 29/1/1919-27/8/2011Playwright
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Dr. Edward Spooner 22/5/1904-30/8/1995Dean, London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineBiologist
Walter J. H. Sprott 1897-1971Emeritus Professor, University of NottinghamPsychologist, writer
David Steel 31/03/1938Member of Parliament, RoxburghPolitician (Liberal)
Sir Gordon Sutherland, F.R.S. 8/4/1907-27/6/1980Master, Emmanuel College, CambridgePhysicist
Philip Sutton 20/10/1928Artist
Peter C. Swann1921-Keeper, Department of Eastern Art, The Ashmolean Museum, OxfordArt historian, sinologist
Richard Synge, F.R.S. 28/10/1914-18/8/1994Biochemist, Rowett Research Institute, AberdeenBiochemist, Nobel prize for Chemistry (1952)
Oliver Tambo 27/10/1917-24/4/1993Politician (ANC)
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Richard Titmuss 1907-1973Professor of Social Administration, University of LondonSociologist
Feliks Topolski 14/8/1907-24/8/1989Artist, painter
William Townsend 1909-1973Reader in Fine Art, University of LondonArtist
Arnold Toynbee, C.H. 23/8/1889-22/10/1975Historian
Hugh Trevor-Roper 15/1/1914-26/1/2003Regius Professor of Modern History, University of OxfordHistorian
Herbert A. Turner 1919-1998Professor of Industrial Relations, University of CambridgeEconomist, Statistician
Arnold Tustin, M.Sc., M.I.E.E. 16/7/1899-9/1/1994Emeritus Professor, University of LondonEngineer
Fred Uhlman 19/1/1901-11/4/1985Writer, painter, lawyer
Sir Stanley Unwin 19/12/1884-13/10/1968Publisher
Dame Janet Vaughan 18/10/1899-9/1/1993Principal of Somerville College, OxfordPhysiologist
Dame Joan Vickers 3/6/1907-23/5/1994Member of Parliament, DevonportPolitician (Conservative)
Conrad H. Waddington, F.R.S. 8/11/1905-26/9/1975Professor of Genetics and Embryology, University of EdinburghBiologist, philosopher
William Warbey 16/8/1903-6/5/1980Member of Parliament, AshfieldPolitician (Labour)
The Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Weatherhead 14/10/1893-5/1/1976Minister-Emeritus, City Temple, LondonTheologian
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Carel Weight, C.B.E. 10/9/1908-13/8/1997Professor of Painting, Royal College of ArtArtist
Raymond Williams 31/8/1921-26/1/1988Fellow of Jesus College, CambridgeNovelist, critic
Clough Williams-Ellis, F.R.I.B.A. 28/5/1883-9/4/1978Architect, creator of Portmeirion
Colin Wilson 26/6/1931-5/12/2013Philosopher, writer, novelist
John Tuzo Wilson 24/10/1908-15/4/1993Professor of Geophysics, University of TorontoGeologist
Dorothy Woodman
Leonard Woolf 25/11/1880-14/8/1969Author, publisher
John Yudkin 8/8/1910-12/7/1995Professor of Nutrition, University of LondonPhysiologist, nutritionist

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