Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2005
TAN Eng Liang, PJE, BBM (L)
BSc 1960, BSc(Hons) 1961
Rhodes Scholar / Olympian
Chairman, Board of Directors, WizVision
Senior Minister of State (1975--80)
Member of Parliament (1972--80)
 
TAN Eng Liang was the first regional Rhodes Scholar, earning his doctorate from Oxford University.
 
Dr TAN had a meritorious career in both the public and private sector. He was a Member of Parliament 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 -1980. He also held numerous key positions including Member, The Court, University of Singapore; and the Chairman of Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Quality and Reliability Association and Singapore Sports Council. In particular, he has made pioneering contributions in the development and management of sports in Singapore. He took charge of the Singapore Sports Council for 16 years from 1975 to 1991 and still contributes as the Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and a Patron for Singapore Swimming Association.
 
Dr TAN represented Singapore in Waterpolo at the Olympic Games in Melbourne 1956, Asian Games -- Tokyo 1958; Southeast Asian Peninsular Games -- Kuala Lumpur 1965 and the Asian Games -- Bangkok 1966.
 
Dr TAN sits on the Board of numerous private and public-listed companies such as Nipsea Holding Pte Ltd, Hotel New Otani Pte Ltd, IRE Corporation Ltd, Manhattan Resource Pte Ltd, Pokka Corporation (S) Ltd, Ezra Holdings Ltd, Progen Holdings Ltd, Tung Lok Restaurants (2000) Ltd and United Engineerings Ltd.
 
For his contributions and services to the country, he was awarded the Public Service Star (BBM), Public Service Star (Bar) and the Meritorious Service Medal (PJE) by the Singapore Government. In 1995, the IOC "Olympic Movement Unity" Trophy was presented to Dr TAN for his invaluable services to Olympism.