Professor Fang joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University as an undergraduate in 1955. In 1963 he continued his studies in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 1965 with a first class honours degree. In the same year he was awarded a college prize and the Salomon Scholarship by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 1969 Professor Fang became a research fellow at Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, working on space physics. He moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool in 1970, where he was lecturer, reader and professor. He was the head of department from 1998 to 2001. He has been a pro vice-chancellor at the University of Liverpool since July 2005. He has been actively engaged in fundamental research and applications of low-temperature plasmas, in environment protection using ground penetration radar and in the application of neural networks to electrical power engineering. He has published nearly 200 papers in major international journals and conferences. He has given a number of keynote speeches and lectures at international conferences, universities and research institutes. He served on the committees of international conferences, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Electrical Engineers. He was elected fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1994. Professor Fang was a William Watson Girling Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia and a visiting scientist at the University of Innsbruck, Germany. He is a guest professor at Tsinghua University and Shenyang University of Technology and a consultant professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He is a consultant to Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, LG Systems and Hysoung Corporation in South Korea.