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NUS don inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

01 May 2012

Assoc Prof Tan (first on right, back row) with some of the luminaries inducted into the Internet Society's Hall of Fame

A Singapore academic is one of only three Asians who have joined the prestigious league of Internet Who's Who.

NUS Department of Biochemistry's Assoc Prof Tan Tin Wee was inducted into the Internet Society's inaugural Internet Hall of Fame in Geneva on 23 April for his role as a global connector. The annual awards programme recognises distinguished leaders and luminaries who have significantly contributed to the development and advancement of the global Internet.

Internet heavyweights from around the world converged at the non-profit organisation's Global INET 2012 conference to honour the prominent inductees. These included pioneer Vint Cerf, widely known as the "Father of the Internet"; innovator Tim Berners-Lee who created the World Wide Web; and global connector former US Vice-President Al Gore. (See full list of inductees.)

Assoc Prof Tan was an Internet pioneer for life sciences in Singapore who furthered the progress of computational biology through the application of Internet technologies. He introduced Internet access for research and education, as well as to communities with disabilities such as the hearing and visually impaired.

He founded the multilingual Internet domain name system that allows for non-Roman script and pushed for its international adoption. He helmed the Singapore's move to host the first Chinese website and Tamil website in the 1990s, earning appreciation for his efforts in the Tamil-speaking community.

Assoc Prof Tan has won many awards including the 1994 Singapore Youth Award for Internet biological databases; the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry's award; ASEAN Business Forum's Achievement Award; Tamil Internet Frontier Award; and 2003 HPC Challenge Award.

Besides being a faculty member, Prof Tan is concurrently Master of Eusoff Hall at NUS. He is also Chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Computational Resource Centre, tasked to build a national supercomputing centre.