Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 1999
YEO Ning Hong
BSc 1965, BSc(Hons) 1966, MSc 1968
Chairman, PSA Corporation Limited
Over the past 30 years, Dr YEO Ning Hong has contributed much to Singapore's academic, communications, defence and industrial scenes. After serving as the Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for National Development, and then as the Minister for Defence, he went on to become the Executive Chairman of the Singapore Technologies Group, where he was chiefly responsible for its reorganisation, the synergistic diversification of its products and the extension of its business globally. Then as the Chairman of the Port of Singapore Authority, managing the busiest port in the world, he saw to its corporatisation and pioneered PSA's rapid growth internationally.
Dr YEO, the next recipient of the Distinguished Science Alumni Award, received his academic training at the Faculty of Science, University of Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in 1965, Honours in 1966, and Master's in 1968. He received his MA and PhD from Cambridge University in 1970. After a year of post-doctoral research at Stanford University, he returned to Singapore to become a chemistry lecturer at the University of Singapore from 1971 to 1974. Over the years, he published over 25 research papers in international journals, and refereed for international chemistry journals as well.
Between 1970 and 1973, Dr YEO was also a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge University. Twenty five years later, in recognition of his achievements, Christ's College honoured him by electing him Honorary Fellow of the College in 1998.
Career-wise, after assuming several senior managerial positions in an international pharmaceutical company, Dr YEO became a Member of Parliament in 1980, and served as a Cabinet Minister for 14 years until 1994. Today, Dr Yeo continues his ties with academia by chairing the International Academic Advisory Panel of distinguished international academics and thinkers for Singapore's universities, with the objective of bringing our universities to world class standards. He also serves as Chairman of PSA Corporation Limited, the Singapore Totalisator Board, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Trust, and the Keppel Golf Club.
For all these outstanding contributions to the nation, to industry and to science, we are honoured to present the Distinguished Science Alumni Award 2000 to Dr YEO Ning Hong.