50 Years of Science in Singapore by B T G Tan

50 Years of Science in Singapore

byB T G Tan, Hock Lim, K K Phua

Kobo ebook | December 12, 2016

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As part of the commemorative book series on Singapore's 50 years of nation-building, this important compendium traces the history and development of the various sectors of Singapore science in the last 50 years or so. The book covers the government agencies responsible for science funding and research policy, the academic institutions and departments who have been in the forefront of the development of the nation's scientific manpower and research, the research centres and institutes which have been breaking new ground in both basic and applied science research, science museums and education, and the academic and professional institutions which the scientific community has set up to enable Singapore scientists to serve the nation more effectively.

Each article is chronicled by eminent authors who have played important roles and made significant contributions in shaping today's achievement of science in Singapore.

Professionals, academics, students and the general public will find this volume a useful reference material and an inspirational easy read.


  • Foreword

  • Preface

  • About the Contributors

  • Science Policy and Funding Bodies:

    • The Science Council and Singapore science in the '60s and '70s (B T G Tan)
    • R&D in Singapore — The Early Years of NSTB (Francis Yeoh)
    • Science, Technology and Open Innovation — The A*STAR Journey (Raj Thampuran and Colleagues at A*STAR)
    • National Research Foundation (Low Teck Seng and the National Research Foundation)
  • Academic Faculties and Departments:

    • The Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore — A Brief History (B T G Tan)
    • Department of Mathematics at Nanyang University (1956–1980) (Lee Peng Yee)
    • Fifty Years of Mathematics in Singapore: A Personal Perspective (Chong Chi Tat)
    • Physics at NUS (Tang Seung Mun, Feng Yuan Ping, Oh Choo Hiap, Lai Choy Heng, Ong Chong Kim, Sow Chorng Haur and Andrew T S Wee)
    • Department of Chemistry: A Historical Review (Mok Kum Fun, Sim Keng Yeow, Andy Hor, Richard M W Wong and Eugene Khor)
    • Department of Botany: Achievements and Progress Through the Years (G Lim)
    • Department of Zoology: Past, Present and Future (T J Lam)
    • Department of Biological Sciences (Paul Matsudaira, Hew Choy Leong and T J Lam)
    • Pharmacy and Pharmacy Education (1965–2015) (Go Mei Lin)
    • The School of Computing (Leong Hon Wai, Chan Sing Chai, Hsu Loke Soo and Thio Hoe Tong)
    • A New Garden of Science in Singapore: Science at Nanyang Technological University (Ling San)
    • The Institute of Advanced Studies at Nanyang Technological University: Ten Years of Achievement (K K Phua)
  • Research Centres and Institutes:

    • Institute for Mathematical Sciences: A Dream Come True (Louis Chen)
    • The Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) — A Personal Account of its Founding (B T G Tan)
    • CRISP — The Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (B T G Tan)
    • The NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI) (Seeram Ramakrishna, T Venkatesan and Andrew T S Wee)
    • Two Decades of Quantum Information in Singapore (Kuldip Singh, Kwek Leong Chuan, Artur Ekert, Chan Chui Theng, Jenny Hogan and Evon Tan)
    • 2D Materials (Andrew T S Wee, Kian Ping Loh and Antonio H Castro Neto)
    • Development and Progress of Marine Biology in the Last 50 Years (L M Chou)
    • Tropical Marine Science Institute (E A Taylor)
    • The Mechanobiology Institute — Defining a New Field of Science (Steven John Wolf, Low Boon Chuan and Hew Choy Leong)
  • Education and Museums:

    • Mathematics Education in Singapore (1965–2015) (Lee Peng Yee)
    • The Formation and Transformation of Science Centre Singapore (Lim Tit Meng)
    • The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (Kevin Y L Tan)
  • Professional and Academic Societies:

    • The Scientific Society Movement in Singapore (Leo Tan Wee Hin, Andrew T S Wee and R Subramaniam)
  • Epilogue:

    • Science in Singapore — The Next 50 Years (B T G Tan, H Lim and K K Phua)
  • Index

Readership: Researchers, professionals, academics, and laymen interested in all aspects of science.

Title:50 Years of Science in SingaporeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 12, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813140917

ISBN - 13:9789813140912

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