Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2009
LOKE Kwong Hung
BSc(Hons) 1954, MSc 1955
Senior Research Consultant, Palm Oil Research Insitute of Malaysia
Former Faculty Member, University of Malaya and University of Singapore
Born and raised in Kampar, Perak, Dr LOKE Kwong Hung was among the first batch of science students in the University of Malaya in 1949. After obtaining his BSc (First Class Honours) degree and a Memorial Medal from the Royal Institute of Chemistry in 1953, he pursued his MSc under the supervision of the late Professor Kiang Ai Kim at the University. Soon after, he was awarded the Queen’s Scholarship to pursue his PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Loke was appointed a lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Malaya in Singapore in 1958. He has since served and carved out an illustrious career as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry in the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, and as a renowned researcher in Steroid Biochemistry and Palm Oil. He also served a stint as a Senior Teaching Fellow in NUS during the years of 1983 to 1988 and was a Research Consultant of the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia between 1988 and 1994.
With his intimate knowledge of higher education and Chemistry in particular, Dr Loke, besides contributing a paper, took on the challenge of co-authoring the book "50 years of Science and Technology Development in Malaysia", published by the Malaysia Scientific Association. Presently, he sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry and the Journal of the Malaysian Oil Scientists' and Technologists' Association. For these and his other contributions to Malaysian higher education in Chemistry, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry.
"The truth is somewhere between the two extremes."
In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, the Faculty of Science honours Dr Loke Kwong Hong with the 2009 Outstanding Science Alumni Award.