25 Singaporean Scientists Honored In Commemorative Book

Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers tells the individual stories of Singapore’s collective efforts in science and technology.


AsianScientist (Aug. 28, 2015) – Science and technology have played a vital role in Singapore’s development over the last five decades. Although plans and policies loom large, few can name the individual scientists behind the scenes—much less their personal stories of success, struggle and sacrifice.

Now, Singaporeans young and old can get a glimpse into the lives of 25 individuals who have played a vital role in the development of the nation’s scientific capabilities with the publication of Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers. The 120-page non-commercial book, supported by grants from the SG50 Celebration Fund and Nanyang Technological University and published under the Asian Scientist imprint, will be launched at a small event for scientists at Goodwood Park Hotel on August 29, 2015.

“As we spoke to this diverse group of senior scientists spanning mathematicians, biologists and engineers, a common theme arose: the thrill of discovery and the dogged perseverance required to get there,” said Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers editor Dr. Juliana Chan, Nanyang Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and the founder and editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine.

“We hope that young people will be inspired and encouraged by these pioneers who have gone before them, as they write the next chapter of scientific discovery. This book is dedicated to them.”

A limited run of 200 hard cover and 2,000 soft cover copies of the book has been printed, for distribution to schools, libraries and scientific institutions. In addition, all profiles will be published on www.asianscientist.com over the next few months and a free PDF copy will be made available online following the official book launch. For a full list of scientists featured, please see Annex A.

“We were privileged to gain a first person perspective of the way science and technology has developed in Singapore,” added Dr. Rebecca Tan, managing editor of Asian Scientist Magazine and co-editor of the book. “Although by no means an exhaustive list, Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers is a unique attempt at connecting science with the impact that it can have on society.”

Annex A – Scientists featured in Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers
1. Freddy Boey
2. Ariff Bongso
3. Sydney Brenner
4. Cham Tao Soon
5. Louis Chen
6. Chou Loke Ming
7. Hang Chang Chieh
8. Huang Hsing Hua
9. Lam Khin Yong
10. Gloria Lim
11. Lim Pin
12. Low Teck Seng
13. Lui Pao Chuen
14. Phua Kok Khoo
15. Kanagaratnam Shanmugaratnam
16. Sit (Wong) Kim Ping
17. Su Guaning
18. Bernard Tan
19. Tan Chorh Chuan
20. Tan Gee Paw
21. Leo Tan
22. Tan Tin Wee
23. Teoh Swee Hin
24. John Wong
25. Wong Poh Poh


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Asian Scientist Magazine
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