Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers

  • Top News

    7 Must-Read Stories In July 2016

    A list of India’s top scientists and features on Singapore’s scientific pioneers made for popular reads in July 2016.

  • Features

    What’s Different About Asia?

    Upon learning firsthand that Asian and Caucasian patients responded differently to cancer drugs, John Wong founded the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group to study these differences.

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    The Accidental Internet Pioneer

    Tan Tin Wee brought the wonders of the Internet to Singapore in the 90’s—starting with a videocast of the 1994 National Day Parade for those living or working overseas.

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    A (Dino) Bone To Pick

    Leo Tan, professor of biology at the National University of Singapore, was instrumental to the opening of Singapore’s first natural history museum.

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    A Steady Hand At The Helm

    When Singapore was struggling with the SARS outbreak in 2003, ex-director of medical services Tan Chorh Chuan had to make some difficult—but necessary—decisions.

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    A Laser-Focussed Life

    From protecting the navy’s ships to boosting Singapore’s electronic warfare capabilities, Professor Su Guaning has been decorated many times for his pioneering defence research.

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    Tea And Mitochondria

    It is only fitting that ex-biochemistry professor, Sit Kim Ping, weaves terms such as “mitochondria” and “ATP” into her handmade quilts.

  • Top News

    7 Must-Read Stories In March 2016

    From the effects of impatience on your cells to the solar eclipse that fascinated Indonesians, here are the most-clicked stories in March.

  • Features

    Building A Treasure Chest Of Medical Data

    Professor Kanagaratnam Shanmugaratnam set up the Singapore Cancer Registry in 1967, a time when everything had to be done by hand; this meant meticulously transferring decades of data to now-obsolete punch cards.

  • Features

    The Defence Science Maverick

    Professor Lui Pao Chuen, Singapore’s ex-chief defence scientist, took one for the team, literally—he once got hit in the arm with shrapnel from an exploding bullet while testing equipment for the military.

  • Features

    The Physicist Turned Publisher

    Professor Phua Kok Khoo, the man behind Singapore-based World Scientific Publishing, took to the global stage to compete with internationally-renowned publishing houses.