Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2014

Bernard TAN Tiong Gie
BSc (Hons) 1965
Professor, Department of Physics, NUS

Professor Bernard Tan Tiong Gie was educated at the Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore, the University of Singapore and Oxford University where he obtained his DPhil degree in 1968. He is a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (U.K.), Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K) and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Singapore, as well as a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London.

He joined the University of Singapore in 1968, where he has served as Acting Head of Music, Dean of Science, Head of Physics and Dean of Students. He is currently a Professor of Physics, as well as Director of the Centre for Maritime Studies, Managing Director of NUS Technology Holdings, and Chairman of the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing and the Singapore Synchrotron Light Source.

He is Chairman of Keppel Credit Union, Cadi Scientific, the Orchestra of the Music Makers, the National Advisory Committee on Laboratory Animal Research and the Advisory Committee on Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science of the NEA. He also sits on the boards of Keppel Telecommunications and Transportation, NUS Technology Holdings, SIM University and the School of the Arts, and on the Singapore Institute of Management General Council.

He has been Chairman of Keppel Hitachi Zosen, IMCB Holdings, the National Internet Advisory Committee, the Singapore Youth Orchestra and the Singapore Arts Festival Steering Committee. He has served on the National Science and Technology Board, the National Computer Board, the National Parks Board, the National Library Board and the National Arts Council, and the boards of Keppel Corporation Ltd, CSA Holdings, the Singapore Symphonia Company, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and the Singapore Dance Theatre.

He has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver), the Public Service Medal, the Public Service Star and the Public Service Star (Bar), the President’s Medal of the Institute of Physics Singapore and the COMPASS Meritorious Award of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore. He has also been made a Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science.

“The unwavering pursuit of scientific truth is the fundamental duty of all scientists.”

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Professor Bernard Tan with the 2014 Distinguished Science Alumnus Award.