Prof Tan Tin Wee
Prof Tan Tin Wee has been called the “Father of the Internet in Singapore” by his fans. Some in the Indian community deem him the “surviving pioneer of Tamil Internet.” Internationally, he is known for inventing multilingual domain names (IDNs) and for building Singapore’s first petascale supercomputer for research. He has played a key role in developing Singapore’s research infrastructure to support high performance computing and networking, AI, and quantum computing. A man of diverse talent, he has also been with the Biochemistry Department of the medical school at the National University of Singapore since 1990 and helped at the NUS Mind Science Centre to promote mindfulness.
But Tin Wee may be best defined by his volunteer work with Caregivers Alliance, and his roles as a caregiver to his late wife and his parents. Perhaps that will one day lead to a more fulfilling new career championing caregiving in a rapidly ageing Singapore.
Moderator: Prof Vincent Chong
visiting consultant in the National University Health System