Dr Lawrence Chia’s association with this University started with an Entrance Scholarship in 1955. He joined the Chemistry Department in 1964 following his Colombo Plan Scholarship, Demonstratorship and Teaching Fellowship in the University of Sydney.
His teaching/research was encouraged/recognised by awards like the FRSC, FRACI, FSNIC, FRACI, FCMI and FSHRI. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry gave him their respective Education Awards in 1993 and 2014. His university service included the Senate, Board of Student Welfare, the Staff Association and the Faculty (Staff) Club. He served Dunearn Rd Hostels (DRH)/ Sheares Hall 2 years as Fellow and 33 years as Master.
He also served as a volunteer in the Special Constabulary and the first chairman of the National Police Cadet Corps Council. Other areas included the inaugural Science Centre Board and Inter-Racial Community Council, PSC Selection Committees, IAEA Radiation Processing Committee, Science Council’s S&I TV Quiz, Industrial Orientation, Youth Science Fortnight, SNIC Chemical Education Projects and the Educational Research Association.
He was seconded as the Inaugural Principal of ACS (Independent) and later as NUS Director, Alumni Affairs and Development Office. With others especially those from FoS, he helped establish exemplary and needy FUNDS/SCHOLARSHIPS in honour/memory of Science’s, Kiang Ai Kim, Ang Kok Peng, Lucy & Alfred Wan and Tan Sau Fun.
He also contributed in cash, blood and pledged organ donation and to community and church and in encouraging others to also do so. With his daughters and their spouses (all 5 are NUS alumni), a Bursary was given to Sheares Hall in memory of his mum who had also studied at our Raffles College. He has also received the PPA, BBM, Police Commissioner’s High Commendation Certificate and an award from our NUS (Medical/Dental/Pharm) Alumni Association. Comparable if not more than these Fellowships and Awards have been the joy and satisfaction associated with the gratitude and relationships with former students who are now life-long friends and fellow alumni. In providing the quote below, he has adopted/adapted the words associated with the Cavendish Laboratories in the University of Cambridge.
“I have sought and hoped that our endeavours and contributions will be for the Glory of God and the benefit of mankind."
In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Dr Lawrence Chia with the 2014 Distinguished Science Alumnus Award.