Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2006
TAN Eng Liang, PJN
BSc 1960, BSc(Hons) 1961
Dr Tan Eng Liang was the first local Rhodes scholar, earning his doctorate from Oxford University.

Dr Tan held a meritorious career in the civil service. He was a Member of Parliament of Singapore from 1972 to 1980, during which he served as the Senior Minister of State (National Development) from 1975 to 1978 and Senior Minister of State (Finance) from 1979 to 1980. Other key positions held included the Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Quality and Reliability Association and Singapore Sports Council. In particular, he has made pioneering contributions in developing sports in Singapore. He took charge of Singapore Sports Council for 16 years from 1975 to 1991 and still contributes as the Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and Chairman of its Special Training and Assistance Committee.

He sits on the Boards of many companies, including public listed companies, namely, Hartawan Holding Limited, HG Metal Manufacturing Limited, Progen Holdings Ltd, Sapphire Corporation Limited, Sunmoon Food Company Limited, Tung Lok Restaurants (2000) Ltd and UE E&C Ltd .

He has been awarded the Public Service Star (BBM), Public Service Star (BBM -BAR ) and Meritorious Service Medal by the Singapore Government as a recognition for his services to the country. In 1995, the IOC Olympic Movement Unity Trophy was presented to Dr Tan for his invaluable services to Olympism.

Dr Tan is also a recipient of the Faculty of Science Outstanding Science Alumni Award in 2005.