ISAAC MANASSEH MEYER PROFESSORSHIP IN ENGINEERING (1976)
The name ‘Meyer’ has been intertwined with Singapore’s history for more than 150 years. The family’s influence is seen in the roads and buildings that bear the name, but more importantly in the lives of people who have benefitted from their philanthropy over the years.
The Isaac Manasseh Meyer Trust Fund bears the name of the eldest son of Sir Manasseh Meyer, an influential figure of mid-19th century Singapore and a pillar of the Jewish community. The stately Manasseh Meyer building in NUS’ Bukit Timah campus, named in his honour, is recognised as a national monument.
Mr Isaac Meyer was born and educated in Singapore. He was a man of quiet tastes who focused on his business interests. The Isaac Manasseh Meyer Trust Fund supports educational and charitable causes, with gifts towards scholarships, bursaries, research and other educational programmes. It helps the disadvantaged and the physically disabled. During the SARS outbreak, they contributed to the Courage Fund. Mr Meyer passed away in 1954.
NUS established the Isaac Manasseh Meyer Professorship in Engineering for their contributions towards education and community development.The Professorship enables the University to welcome experts to share their knowledge with students and faculty, participate in collaborative research and help build Singapore’s global standing in the field of engineering.
The Professorship is supported by a gift from the Isaac Manasseh Meyer Trust Fund.
ISABEL CHAN PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (2009)
Isabel Claire Chan was the dearly loved youngest daughter of retired Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Mrs Elisabeth Chan. Isabel lost her battle with cancer in 2008. She was 34 years old. Isabel fought the disease with the same determination and courage that she displayed in other aspects of her life.
After graduating from the London School of Economics with a BSc. in Economics, Isabel realised her true calling lay in the culinary arts. She then attended the Prue Leith School, an establishment noted for its modern approach to food and nutrition.
Isabel returned to Singapore and, after gaining experience in several food and beverage outlets, she opened her own restaurant, Butterbean Bistro in Purvis Street. She ran the Bistro until the disease took hold of her.
The gift in 2009 to the National University of Singapore by her parents led to the establishment of the Isabel Chan Professorship in Medical Sciences. The Professorship aims to attract leading doctors and scientists to Singapore to mentor our best and brightest medical personnel and to give crucial support to the advancement of healthcare.
In this way, her parents hope her memory will be honoured and remembered.