Date: 09 Aug 2016
News Type: Awards
Professor Leo Tan, a member of SIM University's (UniSIM's) Board of Trustees, received the Meritorious Service Medal in this year's National Day Awards. He was one of four people to be honoured with this medal, one of the highest awards for a public servant. The other three were Mdm Chew Gek Khim, former Chairman of the National Environment Agency; Mr Goh Joon Seng, a Council of Presidential Advisers member and former Supreme Court judge; and Mr Lim Tze Peng, a renowned artist and Cultural Medallion recipient. The National Day Awards are given out every year to recognise individuals for their contributions to Singapore. This year, a total of 3,959 people – including members of the Singapore Armed Forces, community and grassroots leaders, and educators – in 19 award categories received National Day honours. Former top civil servant Mr Peter Ho – head of the Civil Service from 2005 until his retirement in 2010 – who was given the prestigious Distinguished Service Order, headed the list of recipients.
Professor Tan, Director of Special Projects at the Science Faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS), has dedicated his life to education and science. He began his career in 1973 as a marine biologist at NUS, then known as the University of Singapore, where he was the first Singaporean to graduate with a doctorate in marine biology. In 1982, he was seconded to the Singapore Science Centre as its Director, a position he held while concurrently teaching at NUS. He left NUS in 1986 to be the Centre's full-time Director until 1991. He then moved to be the Foundation Dean of the School of Science at the National Institute of Education and was the Institute's Director from 1994 to 2007. He served as Chairman of the National Parks Board from 1998 to 2007, and returned to NUS in 2008 as Director of Special Projects. Our heartiest congratulations to Professor Tan on being bestowed this award!
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