Lim Chong Yah: An Autobiography: Life Journey of a Singaporean Professor

January 18, 2017|
Lim Chong Yah: An Autobiography: Life Journey of a Singaporean Professor
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Why are some nations rich and others poor? Why do the citizens of some countries lead a happy, prosperous life while others struggle in terrible want?

This book takes the reader through the eventful life journey of one of Singapore's best known economists and educators, Professor Lim Chong Yah. Born in Malacca, the author planted tapioca to feed himself and his family, caught fish in paddy fields and was thrown in jail as a 10-year-old during the war. He fought to win a Commonwealth scholarship to get a decent education, met the love of his life at a Chinese New Year party, became a Professor at two of the best universities in Asia, and went on to write one the most widely-used economics textbooks of the time, Elements of Economic Theory.

At 84, Lim Chong Yah is as feisty, indomitable and curious as when he was a small, cheeky boy catching fighting fish in those paddy fields. And he still asks the fundamental question of how each of us can make a difference.


  • Dedication
  • Opening Poem
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Time-Line
  • List of Photographs
  • Royalty Statement
  • Childhood Years
  • Dark Clouds Over Malacca
  • A New Childhood Life
  • Journey to University
  • Life as a Civil Servant
  • Farewell to the Civil Service
  • My Days in Kuala Lumpur and Oxford
  • Return to My Alma Mater
  • Life as Dean
  • Life in the Old Economics Department
  • Overseas Sabbaticals
  • Surprises in Academia
  • New Lease of Life in NTU
  • Problem Publications
  • Setting Up Institutions
  • The Lighter Side of Life
  • A National Calling
  • Building Bridges
  • My Family
  • Personal Health Problems
  • Reflections and Recollections
  • Closing Poem
  • List of Publications
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index

Readership: General readers interested in Singaporean economists, academia in Singapore and the history and development of political, social, and economic circumstances in Singapore.
Key Features:

  • The author has written numerous academic books and articles on economics, but this is the first time he has written on himself, his life journey as a university academic. His style is that of story-telling, and many stories in it all told for the first time, some interesting and fascinating. Some completely unexpected problems arising from the author's research are featured as well
Title:Lim Chong Yah: An Autobiography: Life Journey of a Singaporean ProfessorFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 18, 2017Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813203064

ISBN - 13:9789813203068

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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