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7 scientists conferred Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowships

This is also the first time that women in science have been conferred SNAS Fellowships - Prof Ding Jeak Ling and Prof Jackie Ying are the two women scientists receiving the inaugural honour this year.

SINGAPORE: In recognition of their efforts in the field of science, the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) has conferred fellowships to seven individuals, the academy announced on Tuesday (May 10). 

Five scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS), a scientist from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and another from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) were conferred the fellowship.

The seven are:

  1. Prof Bertil Andersson, NTU President
  2. Prof Ding Jeak Ling, NUS Professor of Biological Sciences
  3. Prof Lai Choy Heng, NUS Professor of Physics
  4. Prof Lee Hian kee, NUS Professor of Chemistry
  5. Prof Ooi Beng Chin, NUS Distinguished Professor of Computer Science & Director of Interactive and Digital Media Institute
  6. Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President
  7. Prof Jackie Ying, A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Director

"The election of another seven distinguished scientists as Fellows of the Singapore National Academy of Science is a matter of pride for our Academy as well as recognition by our academy of their contributions to the country," said SNAS President, Prof Andrew Wee.

This is also the first time that women in science have been conferred SNAS Fellowships - Prof Ding and Prof Ying are the two women scientists receiving the inaugural honour this year. 

Nobel laurate Prof Sydney Brenner, who is also a Senior Fellow at A*STAR, presented the fellowships on Tuesday. Prof Brenner, known as one of the world's pioneers in genetics and molecular biology, also received the SNAS Honorary Fellowship for his contributions to the development of life sciences in Singapore.

"Bestowing honorary Fellowship on Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner is also our way of recognising his distinguished contributions to the development of life sciences in Singapore," said Prof Wee. "All the Fellows epitomise the spirit of excellence in their endeavors and are excellent role models to emulate."

This is the third round of fellowships to be conferred by the SNAS. In 2011, 11 scientists were conferred the fellowship, and another nine received it in 2014.