FUCHENG SEETOO (司徒傅權)

Fucheng Seetoo (1890-1954), Situ Fuquan in Mandarin pinyin, also came to MIT to study Course XIII, supported by a Chinese Navy scholarship. The son of Hwai Seetoo, Fucheng was a native of Guangdong, but born in Shanghai on Aug. 9, 1889. Seetoo had originally gone to Phillips Academy as a self-supporting student. However, his father, a merchant in the sugar trade, lost his wealth in a typhoon, leaving him to search for scholarship funding to complete his education. Phillips Academy generously supported Seetoo as a scholarship student for a year, before he passed the examination to enter MIT. HT Shen helped Seetoo to obtain the Chinese Navy scholarship to support his education at MIT. Graduating in the Class of 1914, Seetoo wrote his thesis on the topic of Stability of a Battleship in Damaged Condition. Like Chen, Seetoo was a founding officer of the Chinese Students' Club and also a member of the Naval Architectural Society. While at MIT, Seetoo also studied violin at the New England Conservatory of Music. After returning to China, Seetoo not only became a famous Naval architect, but also a famous violin maker and violinist, pioneering the use of the instrument for Cantonese music.