Wong obtained his BSc (1973) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and PhD (1976) from University College London. After 2 years as a postdoc at Harvard, he returned to University College London. From 1980 to 1982, he did research at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 1983, he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is now Professor of Chemistry, Head of New Asia College, and Dean of Science. He also chairs the Management Committee, Shanghai-Hong Kong Joint Laboratory in Chemical Synthesis, SIOC, CAS. His research interests are concerned with syntheses and studies of natural and non-natural molecules. He has published more than 230 research papers, invited reviews and book chapters. He is member of CAS and the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, and the winner of Humboldt, Croucher and Ramsay fellowships and the National Natural Sciences Prize of China.