The late philanthropist Mr Lee Wee Nam was a distinguished community leader and entrepreneur who was an ardent supporter of education.
In the course of his illustrious career, he had held several positions such as founder and Chairman of Lee Hiok Kee Pte Ltd, President of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce, President of Teo Chew Poit Ip Huay Kwan, and was the first President of Ngee Ann Girls' School.
In 2001, family members of the late Mr Lee made a gift of S$10 million to the University. Made through Lee Hiok Kee (Pte) Ltd, the gift supports NTU’s push for a life sciences programme and established the Lee Wee Nam Professorship in Life Sciences and Research Fund in Life Sciences
In honour of the Lee family’s generous donation, Library 1, NTU’s flagship library, was renamed the Lee Wee Nam Library.
Six years later, in 2007, the Lee family made an additional endowed gift of S$5 million to establish the Lee Wee Nam Science and Technology Library Collection Endowment Fund.
This gift provides funds to maintain and expand the collection at the Lee Wee Nam Library for the benefit of NTU students, researchers and faculty.