Saw Swee Hock Professor of Statistics
Since its inception, the endowed professorship has attracted the following renown Professor of Statistics who have visited or will be visiting DSAP:
Professor Saw Swee Hock received his BA and MA from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1957 and 1960, and his PhD in Statistics from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1963. He began his academic career at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (1963-1969), subsequently becoming Founding Professor of Statistics at the University of Hong Kong (1969-1971) and Professor of Statistics at NUS (1975-1991). He was Founding Chairman of the National Statistical Commission of Singapore (1971-1975). In 2015 he was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Letters by NUS. He is currently the President's Honorary Professor of Statistics in NUS and Professorial Fellow at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute.
Professor Saw has served as a consultant or advisor to governments, private corporations and international organizations. He was member of more than 39 advisory panel sand Committees, including the United Nations Committee on Salary Adjustments, the International Statistical Institute, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He has held visiting positions in, among places, Princeton, Stanford, Cambridge and LSE. He has served as a member of the NUS Board of Trustees. His publications include some 47 authored/edited books, 31 book chapters and over 110 articles on statistics and its related discipline.
Apart from his distinguished academic career, Professor Saw is well-known for his philanthropic work particularly in the area of tertiary education. He has donated widely to universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and England to set up bursaries, scholarships, professorships, research programmes, centres and schools. His major gifts to NUS centred on the establishment of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, the endowed Centennial Professorship in Law, and the endowed Professorship in Statistics. His other two landmarks gifts were given to LSE to establish the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.
Professor Saw has received numerous accolades for his outstanding philanthropic and academic achievements. He was named Honorary Professor of Statistics at the University Hong Kong and Honorary Professor at Xiamen University. He was made an Honorary Fellow of LSE as well as an Honorary University Fellow of HKU. He was awarded the 2013 Singapore President's Award for Philanthropy by the Singapore President and the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the Singapore Government in the 2013 National Day Awards.