Prominent eye surgeon Arthur Lim, who helped set up National Eye Centre, has died

Datuk Michelle Yeoh (right) with top eye surgeon, Professor Arthur Lim. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Datuk Michelle Yeoh (right) with top eye surgeon, Professor Arthur Lim. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
(From left to right) Ms Susie Tan, Mr Ong Tiong Tat, Professor Arthur Lim and Professor Lim Pin at the cheque presentation ceremony for the CJ Koh Professorship in Law. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
(From left to right) Ms Susie Tan, Mr Ong Tiong Tat, Professor Arthur Lim and Professor Lim Pin at the cheque presentation ceremony for the CJ Koh Professorship in Law. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Fourth President's Charity Art Exhibition - Former President Ong Teng Cheong (second, left) receiving a painting by Winston Oh at the opening. On his right is Professor Arthur Lim, the co-chairman of the exhibition organising committee. -- PHOTO: ST
Fourth President's Charity Art Exhibition - Former President Ong Teng Cheong (second, left) receiving a painting by Winston Oh at the opening. On his right is Professor Arthur Lim, the co-chairman of the exhibition organising committee. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim donated a bronze owl to NUS. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim donated a bronze owl to NUS. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Former President S.R. Nathan (second, right) presents a token of appreciation to Dr Lim Hwee Leng, widow of the late Mr Lee Hiok Kwee for the generous bequest of $15 million towards the NUS centennial campaign. With them are at left: Professor Shih C
Former President S.R. Nathan (second, right) presents a token of appreciation to Dr Lim Hwee Leng, widow of the late Mr Lee Hiok Kwee for the generous bequest of $15 million towards the NUS centennial campaign. With them are at left: Professor Shih Choon Fong, NUS president and vice-chancellor and Professor Arthur Lim, chairman of the NUS endowment fund (right). -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim at his table with grandson Richard Dear performing a violin piece on a video screen in the background. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim at his table with grandson Richard Dear performing a violin piece on a video screen in the background. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim, (right), the president of the alumni association presenting of honorary membership to SM Goh at a medical alumni reunion dinner. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim, (right), the president of the alumni association presenting of honorary membership to SM Goh at a medical alumni reunion dinner. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Professor Arthur Lim with his paintings. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Professor Arthur Lim with his paintings. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim is a renowned eye surgeon, author, teacher and sportsman.. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim is a renowned eye surgeon, author, teacher and sportsman.. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim, 70, an eminent eye surgeon who practises at Gleneagles Hospital and a director of Gleneagles Hospital's Eye Clinic Singapura. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Professor Arthur Lim, 70, an eminent eye surgeon who practises at Gleneagles Hospital and a director of Gleneagles Hospital's Eye Clinic Singapura. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim has died, aged 80. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim has died, aged 80. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Pioneering eye surgeon Arthur Lim has died, aged 80.

He played a key role in establishing the Singapore National Eye Centre, and put Singapore on the world map with his many international appointments and collaborations.

Earlier this year, the centre and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School set up an ophthalmology professorship named after him.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan wrote: "Professor Arthur Lim, a giant father figure to an entire generation of ophthalmologists has just left us. I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he gave us so generously. All the institutions he established, the lessons and the memories will live on. May God bless his soul always."