Professor Hew is one of the leading orchid scientists in the world and his entire academic career has been devoted to both basic and applied orchid research. It has helped the local orchid industry in competing the world's market share for cut flower production and put Singapore onto the world map. Singapore was recognized as a leading centre for orchid cultivation and research.
Specific areas of Professor Hew's research include orchid photosynthesis, respiration, carbon partition, plantlet growth and post-harvest physiology. His research findings have directly or indirectly benefited the Singapore and global orchid industry.
Professor Hew topped his graduating class in Biology (BSc) from the former Nanyang University in 1960. He earned his MSc and PhD degrees from Queen's University in Canada. He has published three books, contributed to six chapters in other books, and authored over 100 articles in refereed journals. Among his many awards is the 1997 National Science Award, the highest honour conferred to scientists for their significant scientific achievement in Singapore. In addition, Professor Hew is also a passionate teacher who won the NUS Meritorious Teaching Award.
After retiring from NUS in 2003, Professor Hew joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an adjunct professor and Deputy Director at the Institute of Advanced Studies from 2005 to 2011 and remain as a Senior Fellow. He also served in many other professional and government bodies in Singapore.
We will be take advantage of the Orchid Symposium to honour and to celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Hew Choy Sin at the Symposium Dinner on 8 November 2017.