Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2009
LIM Hock, PBM, PPA(P)
BSc(Hons) 1970 Physics
Director, Research Governance and Enablement
Office of Deputy President (Research and Technology), NUS
Director, Temasek Laboratories, NUS
Professor, Department of Physics, NUS
Chairman, NUS Coop

 
Professor LIM Hock started his research career studying the dynamics of the atmosphere and ocean. He was the winner of the 1980 Young Scientist Award of the World Meteorological Organisation. In 1989, he was appointed to the George J. Haltiner Research Chair of the Naval Postgraduate School, USA.
 
In 1992, he was appointed the founding Director of the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing with funding from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Under his leadership, CRISP has gained considerable recognition for its work on regional forest/plantation fires, ocean pollution, and earthquake/tsunami damages. In 1999, CRISP was accorded the distinction of being a winner of the Excellence for Singapore Award.
 
In September 2000, Prof Lim was appointed the founding Director of Temasek Laboratories at NUS, with funding from the Defence Science and Technology Agency. The Laboratory conducts research in selected areas critical to Singapore's defence and security, such as electromagnetics, aeronautics, and control & guidance. His effort was recognized by the Ministry of Defence with an Award for Outstanding Contribution to the MINDEF-NUS Joint R&D Cooperation Programme in 1995 and the Defence Technology Prize (Individual, R&D Category) in 2003.
 
Prof Lim has also been honoured with the National Day Awards -- the Public Service Medal for Community Service in 1992 and the Public Administration Silver Medal in 1999. In 2002, he was conferred the Chevalier des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France. He is also proud to be a recipient of the Institute of Physics Singapore's President's Award in 2007 and to be elected a Senior Fellow by the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nanyang Technological University earlier
this year.
 
"I am grateful for the solid education in basic science and mathematics the Faculty provided me. I cannot hope for a better preparation for the many challenging tasks that I have been fortunate to undertake in the Civil Service and the University."
 
In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, the Faculty of Science honours Professor Lim Hock with the 2009 Outstanding Science Alumni Award.