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Saturday, June 07, 2008

On The Shoulders Of Giants

Pioneering Singaporean scientist Dr. Lee Kum Tatt has passed away on Sunday, the 1st of June, at the age of 81.

Dr. Lee was the founding chairman of the Singapore Science Council in 1967, helped to establish the Science Centre and Science Park, and invented the RISIS orchid in 1976.

In his blog, Dr. Lee drew from personal experience to offer words of encouragement and advice to the young people who are struggling to find their own path in the world today:

Our youngsters are looking for guidance on how to succeed in life. Encouraging them to go for money is easy. Teaching them how to earn money in the correct way is a different matter. To teach them good values in words is also not difficult. Some common words used include: love your parents; have integrity, be caring for others, avoid the four vices etc; But to teach others how to live these values is not so easy. This is especially so when our society places strong emphasis on money making above everything else. To do anything different from the newly introduced acceptable norms will cost our young opportunities, effort, money, fun and with no materialistic or other tangible returns.

Fresh Brainz salutes this industrious and insightful chemist who was a key player in the inception of our scientific enterprise in Singapore.

Would you like to know more?
Dr. Lee Kum Tatt's Blog