SG50 book to feature pioneer scientists

Image: From left, Dr. Juliana Chan, Dr. Rebecca Tan, Professor Teoh Swee Hin and Grace Chua. Source:
Image: From left, Dr. Juliana Chan, Dr. Rebecca Tan, Professor Teoh Swee Hin and Grace Chua. Source:

As a part of SG50 celebration, a new book will be published and more than 20 of Singapore’s science pioneers will be honoured in it. The book, which will be titled Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers, will include profiles of people such as former chief defence scientist, Lui Pao Chuen and Nanyang Technological University deputy president, Freddy Boey. Retired geography professor Wong Poh Poh, who was the only Singaporean on the global team that worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s seminal 2007 report, is also among the scientists interviewed. The project is the brainchild of Dr Juliana Chan and Dr Rebecca Tan. They are, respectively, editor-in-chief and managing editor of the Asian Scientist Magazine, a print and online science and technology magazine about research and development in Asia. They received funding from the SG50 Celebration Fund, set up to encourage Singaporeans to come up with novel ways to mark the nation’s golden jubilee. 2000 softcover copies of the book will be printed for libraries, schools, scientists and students, and 200 hardcover editions for special recipients.

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