A FORMER professor with the National University of Singapore (NUS) has donated S$1.5mil (RM3.3mil) to the school to set up a professorship in statistics.
Saw Swee Hock, 71, also gave an extra S$30,000 (RM66,000) to start a gold medal award, which will be given to the honours student who graduates with the best grade in statistics.
Named after him, the Saw Swee Hock Professorship was launched on Thursday by President S.R. Nathan during a luncheon at the university.
The professorship aims to attract renowned statisticians to the science faculty’s Department of Statistics and Applied Probability for short visits.
There, they will guide students in their work and help to ‘enhance the vibrant research environment’.
Saw had an illustrious career which spanned the years from 1957 to 1991.
In 1969, at the age of 38, he had become the first professor of statistics at the University of Hong Kong where he stayed until 1971.
He was the chairman of the National Statistical Commission of Singapore from 1972 to 1975 and a professor of statistics at the NUS from 1975 until he retired in 1991.
In addition, he has served as a research consultant and a member of advisory panels.
He has also written several books, including The Population Of Singapore, which examines population trends here.
Saw is now preparing the fourth edition of his book on investment management in Singapore. – The Straits Times/ Asia News Network
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