Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2009
Low Choon Ming
BSc(Hons) 1965 Physics
Former High Commissioner to Australia & Malaysia
 
Mr LOW Choon Ming graduated from the University of Singapore in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Physics and joined the Singapore Administrative Service, from which he was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Subsequently he studied at the School of International Affairs, Columbia University in New York in 1967/68 on a Fellowship awarded by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
 
He served nine years as Singapore's High Commissioner to Australia (1980-86 and 1997-2000) and almost 7 years as High Commissioner to Malaysia (1990-97). His 33 years in the Singapore Diplomatic Service had also taken him on postings to Thailand, India, Egypt and Great Britain and travels on official missions to China, the Soviet Union, many Arab and South East Asian countries and Africa. He also held several senior appointments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when he was back home from his overseas postings. In 2005, he penned his experiences and reflections as a seasoned diplomat in the Institute of Policy Studies publication "The Little Red Dot".
 
Currently he enjoys travelling as a retiree and divides his time between his homes in the United States, Thailand and Singapore.
 
During his years in London, Canberra and Kuala Lumpur, spanning a period of almost 18 years, he helped NUS interview candidates for staff positions at the university. He also helped strengthen ties between the alumni of NUS and the University of Malaya through sporting activities and social interaction.
 
"Live Fully Be Happy."
 
In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, the Faculty of Science honours Mr Low Choon Ming with the 2009 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.