Yu-Kung Kao

Professor of East Asian Studies, Emeritus

Princeton University Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies Kao Yu-kung, a leading scholar of Chinese literature, died Saturday, Oct. 29, in Brooklyn, New York. He was 87 years old.  Kao's academic career was solidly anchored at Princeton University, where he arrived after a brief stint at Stanford University from 1960 to 1962, and taught in the Department of East Asian Studies (formerly Oriental Studies) until his retirement in 1999. Over the course of nearly four decades, he was a pivotal presence — sometimes intimidating, always engaging — in the burgeoning world of Chinese studies at Princeton, mentoring students who went on to hold major positions at a range of universities.