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Youngest Asian prof at Canadian uni a S'porean

A Singaporean had been appointed a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, it was reported in November 1965.

Professor Raymond Yong Nen Yiu was the youngest Asian professor in the history of the university, at age 36. He was appointed professor of the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.

The former Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) student went to the United States after his secondary studies. His father, Mr Yong Ngim Djin, was a former ACS principal, while older brother Nen Khiong was a senior lecturer in heart surgery at the University of Singapore.

Before McGill, Prof Yong studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he did a thesis on highways and obtained a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He went on to get a master's from Purdue University, Indiana, and a doctorate from McGill University in civil engineering in 1960.

He did research on engineering materials, and became an expert on soil contamination.

According to Canada's GCS Society's website on Canadian scientists, he won awards for his work, including the Canadian Environmental Achievement Award in 1991. Prof Yong retired from McGill in 1996 but continued to do consulting work after retirement.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 01, 2015, with the headline 'Youngest Asian prof at Canadian uni a S'porean'. Print Edition | Subscribe