Monday, August 23, 2010

Penang Queen Scholars

In British Malaya, a Queen's Scholar was a holder of one of various scholarships awarded by the Government of the Straits Settlements to further their studies in the United Kingdom. The scholarship may be Higher Scholarships(1885-1890) or Queen Scholarship(after 1890). The scholarship were the prestigious scholarship awarded to the best student in Strait Settlement, later on to FMS(Federated Malay States)in 1931. Initially most of the scholars were Eurasians and from Singapore, but Chinese and Malay, Indian gradually won the scholarship. The scholarships were award on merit, regardless of race, religion, and family background; unlike some government scholarship today.

Queen scholarship was established by Rt Hon Sir Cecil Clementi Smith G.C.M.G. (1840 – February 6,1916)in 1889, to fund bright Singaporean students to further their studies in British universities. He was the Governor of the Straits Settlements(1887 - 1893).

Two scholarships were given every year from 1886 to 1905, then from 1906 to 1909 only one. It was discontinued in 1911, but restored in 1931 until 1939. But this time there were only two annual scholarships available for the entire F.M.S., one reserved for a Malay and the other for a non-Malay. So, to win it meant one really had to be the crème de la crème of the whole country. In 1940, the selection of Queen's Scholars was transferred to a Board of Selection appointed by the Senate of Raffles College in Singapore. In 1959, the Queen's Scholarship was replaced by the Singapore State Scholarship, now the President's Scholarship. Initially Eurasian was in the running nearly every year. Technically Queen's scholarship for undergraduate study was only from 1886-1939.

1885-1890 Higher Scholarship for Strait Settlement(only for top boys)

The first scholarships, originally known as the Higher Scholarships, were founded in 1885 by Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, the Governor of the Straits Settlements, in honour of Queen Victoria. The main objectives of introducing Higher Scholarships was to allow promising boys an opportunity to complete their studies in the United Kingdom, and to encourage a number of boys to remain in school and acquire a useful education. From the period 1885-1890, Higher Scholarships were only awarded to the top boys in the Straits Settlement.

1891-1910 Renamed Queen's Scholarship(opened for both sex)for Strait Settlement

Thereafter, the Higher Scholarships were renamed the Queen's Scholarships and was opened up to all British subjects of either sex. Recipients of the Queen's Scholarships would proceed to study at either Cambridge or Oxford universities.

1911-1930 - stopped
The Queen's Scholarships were discontinued in 1911

1931-1939 Opened to FMS

The Queen's scholarship was restored in 1931. It was now opened for students from FMS(The Federated Malay States).FMS was a federation of four protected states in the Malay Peninsula— Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang—established by the British government in 1895, which lasted until 1946, when they, together with the Straits Settlements(Penang,Singapore & Malacca) and the Unfederated Malay States(Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, and Terengganu),formed the Malayan Union, which gained independence as Federation of Malaya in 1957.

1940-1959 Post Graduate Scholarship

In 1940, the selection of Queen's Scholars was transferred to a Board of Selection appointed by the Senate of Raffles College in Singapore. The Queen's Research Fellowships were also introduced for outstanding graduates of Raffles College and King Edward VII College of Medicine (later merged to form the University of Malaya) to study postgraduate courses in selected universities in the United Kingdom.

1957 Malaysia(Agong Scholarship)

With Merdeka achieved in 1957, the Queen's Scholarship was replaced by the Agong Scholarship and thus vanished into the footnotes of history.

A Public Service Department (PSD) said Agong scholarships for Malaysian citizens comprised six for Master degree and six for PhD candidates in science and technology, economy and law. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship Programme introduced since 2006 is to recognize and give candidates the chance to pursue higher level. The investment in human capital will contribute to national development. Priority would be given to those who are multi-lingual, active in community activities, creative and innovative and top local public or world renowned universities (Ivy League) and equivalent. Candidates should be under 30 years-old, possessing a Master's degree and degrees recognised by the government with CGPA of minimum 3.75 or first class and command more than one international language.

1959 Singapore(President Scholarship)

In 1959, the Queen's Scholarship was replaced by the Singapore State Scholarship, now the President's Scholarship, a very prestigious scholarship like Queen's scholarship. This is truly the continue of Queen's scholarship.

List of Queen's Scholars( Penang scholars are marked ***)

I. 1886-1905 - 2 Scholarships

Queen’s Scholarships, named in honour of Britain's Queen Victoria, were inaugurated in 1885 in the Straits Settlements by Sir Cecil Clementi Smith. There were two objectves for the Scholarship: Firstly, to allow promising boys an opportunity to complete their studies in England and, secondly, to encourage a number of boys to remain in school and acquire a really useful education. This was a noble aim at a time when there was no university in the Straits Settlements nor the Malay States, and when most families could hardly afford to send their children to school let alone to England for a university education. It was only for Strait Settlement, English subjects.

1886 - C. S. Angus and James Aitken. Both were from the Raffles Institution, Singapore.

1887 - *** P. V. S. Locke from Penang Free School, and won a scholarship from the Raffles Institution. He graduated M.B., Ch.B., at Edinburgh, and returned to Penang, where he built up a large practice. He was Penang first Queen's scholar.

Lim Boon Keng from Raffles Institution. Lim became the first Chinese in Singapore to win the Queen's Scholarship. This enabled him to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Lim Boon Keng's choice of medicine was apparently determined by two personal episodes. His father Thean Geow died of blood poisoning after a razor cut and no doctor could help him. Also, one of Lim's brothers died at the age of 7 after falling off a chair. These two unfortunate accidents affected Lim deeply and he resolved to study medicine so he could save lives and heal the sick.

1888 - *** Dunstan A. Aeria, like his predecessor, studied first at the Northern Settlement, and finished at the Raffles Institution. He passed in civil engineering in London. After doing good business at Kuala Lumpur, he has settled in Singapore, and is engaged on construction work at Johore.

1889 - H. A. Scott was a Raffles scholar

1890 - ?

1891 - H. O. Robinson and F. O. DeSouza. The former, who was from the Raffles Institution. The latter was the first pupil from the St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore, to win the scholarship.

1892 - A. H. Keun passed out from the Raffles Institution, Singapore

1893 - H. C. Keun, brother of A. H. Keun, was also from the Raffles Institution & Ung Bok Hoey from Penang Free School

1894 - H. A. D. Moore studied first at the Raffles Institution, but won the scholarship from the Anglo-Chinese School, and Koh Leap Teng (MB B.CH)from Penang Free School.

1895 - *** J. C. J. da Silva was first at St. Xavier's School, Penang, and later at the Raffles Institution. He was enrolled at Guy's Hospital, London. During his first
two years he displayed great promise, and attracted the special attention of his teachers. Unfortunately, how- ever, he was not as careful with his limited allowance of £200 per annum as with his work, with the result that for the next two years he was always in pecuniary difficulties. He could not afford to meet his fees, so that at the termination of his four-year scholarship he found himself hopelessly stranded in London. After hacking at journalism for a few years, he returned to Penang, and was for many years Sub-Editor of the Straits Echo. He died in 1918, at the early age of 41.

1896- *** Dr. Wu Lien-teh (伍连德) from Penang Free School, Penang.He was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1896,[1] after winning the Queen's Scholarship held in Singapore. He had a successful career at university, and won virtually all the available prizes and scholarships. His undergraduate clinical years were spent at St Mary's Hospital, London.

In 1903, Dr Wu returned to the Straits Settlement after finishing his medical studies. However, there was no specialist post for him. This is because, at that time, there was a two-tier medical system in the British colonies, where only British nationals could hold the highest position of fully-qualified medical officers or specialists. So, Dr Wu spent the first 4 years of his medical career researching beri-beri and then, he was in private practice.

He was very vocal in the social issues of the time, and founded the Anti-Opium Association in Penang. This attracted the attention of the powerful forces involved in the lucrative trade of opium. This led to a search and subsequent discovery of a mere one ounce of tincture of opium in Dr Wu's dispensary, which was considered illegal although he was a fully qualified medical doctor who had purchased this to treat opium patients. His prosecution and appeal rejection attracted worldwide publicity, including an invitation from the then Grand Councillor Yuan Shikai of the Chinese Government in Peking to take the post of Vice-Director of the Imperial Army medical College in Tientsin (Tianjin).

In the winter of 1910, Dr. Wu Lien-teh was given instructions from the Foreign Office, Peking, to travel to Harbin to investigate an unknown disease which killed 99.9% of its victims. This turned out to be the beginning of the large pneumonic plague pandemic of Manchuria and Mongolia which ultimately claimed 60,000 victims. Dr Wu would be remembered for his role in asking for imperial sanction to cremate plague victims, as cremation of these infected victims turned out to be the turning point of the epidemic. The suppression of this plague pandemic changed medical progress in China. Dr Wu was the first president of the China Medical Association (1916–1920) and directed the National Quarantine Service (1931–1937).

In 1937, with the Japanese occupation of much of China and the retreat of the Nationalists, Dr Wu moved back to Malaya where he worked as a General Practitioner in Ipoh. He retired from medicine at 80 years old. He died on 21 January 1960, aged 81.

1897 -?

1898 - Quah Sin Keat (BA, LSA) from Penang Free School

1899 - *** R. E. Smith was from the St. Xavier's School, Penang. He took up medicine in London, but returned to the Straits without completing his course. He is a B.A. of Emanuel College, Cambridge. On his return he joined the Educational Department of this Colony, and was for some years on the staff of the Raffles Institution.
He is the Head-master of the King Edward School, Ipoh(Taiping?).

II: 1900- 1905 opened to FMS students
In 1900 Queen's Scholarships were made available in Malaya for undergraduate degree courses at a British University. Two scholarships were offered for each of the Federated Malay States – Selangor, Perak, Pahang, and Negri Sembilan – and pupils competed for them in annual scholarship examinations set by the Colonial Office in London.

1900 - William Samuel Leicester passed out from the Raffles Institution.

Chan Sze Pong - attended the Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur in High Street and he was under fourteen years of age when he obtained Third Class Honours with distinction in Arithmetic in the Cambridge Preliminary Examinations. As the Cambridge Local Examinations were not available in Kuala Lumpur then, Sze Pong left the Victoria Institution and joined Raffles School where he passed his Junior Cambridge in 1898 and Senior Cambridge in 1899. On winning this Queen's Scholarship in 1900 - worth £250 a year tenable at an English University for five years - he proceeded to England where he entered Caius College, Cambridge. After passing his B.A., Natural Science Tripos, and M. B. examinations, he returned to Kuala Lumpur in 1908 and practised his profession for a short period. He then left for China where he was in charge of the Peking Hospital.

1901 - *** R. H. McCleland is L.C.E. of DubUn. He is from the Penang Free School. He passed in engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. He was in the Civil Service of this Colony. ***Yeoh Guan Seok (BA, LLB) from Penang Free School.

1902- ***Koh Kheng Seng (BA) , Penang Free School

1903 - W. J. C. LeCain was from the Raffles Institution.

*** Chan Sze Jin had a remarkable and brilliant career in the V.I. Born in 1886, first won the Treacher Scholarship in 1898 and, following that, the Rodger Medal five times in succession, the first time when he was just twelve years old. It is interesting to note that his godfather was Mr J. P. Rodger (later Sir), who first instituted the Rodger medal in 1895! Sze Jin served in the St Mary's Boys' Brigade in the late 1890s and when that metamorphosed into the V.I. Cadet Corps in 1901, he was made one of its first two sergeants.

Joining the Penang Free School to prepare for the Scholarship Examination, Sze Jin won the Queen’s Scholarship in 1903. He then joined his elder brother in Cambridge where he took up law at Downing College in 1904. He passed his B.A. and L.L.B. in 1907, and his Law Tripos and History Tripos Part II in 1908, upon which he joined the Inns of Court, London. He was called to the Bar in 1910. On his return he started the law firm Chan and Swee Teow in Singapore and practised as a barrister with remarkable success.

Chan Sze Jin was a member of the Straits Settlements Legislature and the Executive Council for many years. He took a prominent part in public affairs and served on various committees including the British Malaya Opium Advisory Committee, the Singapore Board of Education, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, and the Council of the College of Medicine, Singapore. He was also active in social affairs and was the first president of the Island Club (which was Sze Onn Sze Jin formed because the British excluded Chinese from their own Golf Club). He received the C. M. G. in 1941 in recognition of his public service. The then Governor of Singapore, Sir Shenton Thomas, personally went to his house to confer the honor on him. Sze Jin passed away in 1948.

 *** W. W. Davidson (BA), Penang Free School

1904- Noel L. Clarke won the scholarship from the Raffles Institution & ***Lim Guan Cheng (MB, BCH,ETC)from Penang Free School

1905- E. R. Carlos, F. R. Martens, and R. L. Eber, all of whom were from the St.
Joseph's Institution. Martens, who is not a British subject, was debarred. It is known that his average in higher mathematics has never been beaten, he having
secured 99^ per cent.

III: 1906-1910 - only one scholarship

1906- *** J. R. Aeria won the scholarship from St. Xavier's School, Penang. He proceeded to Edinburgh, and graduated M.B., Ch.B. He is now Medical Officer at Muar. His cousin, W. A. Aeria, was for many years in the Medical Department of this Colony.

1907 - C. H. da Silva, a St. Joseph's boy, was barely sixteen when he won the scholarship

1908 - *** Khoo Heng Kok (BA, LLB) from Penang Free School. He graduated in law from Gray's Inn, University of London, becoming the first Khoo to graduate from an overseas institution.

1909 - Stephen de Souza won the scholarship from the St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore.

1910 - George Russell won the scholarship from the Raffles Institution

Note:  It was reported that from 1911, the Queen scholarship was discontinued, it only restored in 1931. The following list however was obtained from Old Frees website:

1924-  Tneh Say Koo (BA, ACA), Tan Ah Tah (BA, LLB) , both  from Penang Free School

1925- Yeoh Cheng Hoe (LRCR, MRCS)from Penang Free School

1926- Oon Khye Beng (BA), from Penang Free School. He went to Cambridge University to read Engineering at Downing College.

1927- Lim Kheng Kooi (BA, LLB)& Cheah Heng Sin (BA), both from Penang Free School

1928- J. W. D.Ambrose (BA,BCL), from Penang Free School


1930- Ooi Tiang Eng (MA, BM, BCH, ETC), from Penang Free School. He obtained his medicine degree MABM,  BCH from Oxford University. He was awarded Milne Gold Medal for taking first place in the examination for the degree of the Doctor of Tropical Medicine(Liverpool). This was the first time the award had been won by a Chinese.
(The Straits Times, 9 April 1939, Page 8)

IV: 1931-1939 Scholarship restored
But this time there were only two annual scholarships available for the entire F.M.S., one reserved for a Malay and the other for a non-Malay

1931- Tan Sri Ong H. T. from Saint George's Institution, Taiping - recipient of a Queen Scholarship in 1931 to study Law in London, he was Federal Counsel in Kuala Lumpur, and later posted as the Chief Federal Judge of Malaya.

1932 - ?

1933 - In 1933, Ross Arulanandom from Victoria Institution. He became the first Victorian to snare the Queen's Scholarship after it was restored. Ross was born on March 30, 1914. Ross sailed for England in August 1933. He went to St. John’s College, Cambridge where he gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours on 23rd June 1936.

1934 - Hector Jesudason from Victoria Institution,Kuala Lumpur, won the Queen’s Scholarship in 1934. There is not much information about him except that he was a School Prefect. Hector was at Jesus College, Cambridge. He then went on to complete his studies in medicine at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Mr. Benedict Ponniah from St John's Institution, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. He obtained his prestigious Queen's Scholarship in the year 1934. The qualifying examination was offered to all citizens of the Commonwealth who satisfied a pre-qualification requirement. Benedict Ponniah sat for the examination at St. John's Institution, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, West Malaya. He was the only one in 1934 to be awarded the scholarship from all candidates in Malaya and Straits Settlement

*** A.V. Winslow (BA, LLB) , from Penang Free School

1935 -Tan Sri Datuk Ahmad bin Mohamed Ibrahim,from Raffles Institution, Singapore
He was appointed as Professor of Legal Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya (1969 - 1972), Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (1972 - 1983), Professor Emeritus, University of Malaya (1984) and the Shaikh and the Dean of the Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University of Malaysia (1983 - 1999).
After a distinguished scholastic career in Singapore and Cambridge University, Al-Marhum held a wide range of law-related appointments in Singapore : Magistrate, District Judge, Law Lecturer, Advocate & Solicitor, Member of Legislative Council, District Judge, Senior Crown Counsel, State Advocate General, Attorney General, Ambassador to United Arab Republic, and the island's main negotiater in legal matters connected to the merger of Malaya and Singapore. He was instrumental in the establishment, and the founding dean, of two prominent Law Schools : the Faculty of Law in University of Malaya, and the Kulliyyah of Laws in the International Islamic University Malaysia.

1936- Tun Mohamed Suffian Mohamed Hashim from Clifford School, Kuala Kangsar. The first Malay to obtain Queen's scholarship. During World War II, unable to return home from England because of the Japanese Occupation, he worked as a news broadcaster and commentator with the All-India Radio, New Delhi, and later with the BBC in London where he acquired an interest in current affairs and in lucid writing.

Tun Suffian read law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge before becoming a member of Middle Temple. He also held an honorary LL.D. from the National University of Singapore and an honorary D.Litt from University of Malaya. Tun Suffian had a long association with the Constitution of Malaysia, first with its drafting and then with its operation as a member of the Legal Department, and finally with its interpretation from 1961 when he was elevated to the bench of the Federal Court.In 1973, he was made chief justice of Malaya. He had served as the Pro-Chancellor of University of Malaya. In 1975, his outstanding record as a public servant won international recognition in Manila, the Philippines, where he received a Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize.He died on 26 September 2000.

Tan Sri Datuk Professor Ahmad Ibrahim
Born in Singapore on 12 May 1916, he was educated at Victoria Bridge School, Raffles Institution and Raffles College Singapore, where in 1935, he graduated with an Honours London Bachelor of Arts, External degree. In 1936, he won a Queen's Scholarship, to study at St. John's College, Cambridge University, which he completed in 1939, with first class honours in Economics Tripos I, and Law Tripos II, and graduated with a B.A. (Cantab). While at Cambridge, he won the George Long Prize for Roman Law, and was exhibitioner, scholar and McMahon Law student of St. John's College. He obtained the Certificate of Honour, in the Bar Final exams, Middle Temple, London. Was called to Bar Middle Temple in November 1941. He was Singapore's first Attorney-General.

1937 - *** Tun Dato' Seri Dr. Lim Chong Eu (simplified Chinese: 林苍祐; traditional Chinese: 林蒼祐) is a Malaysian politician who served as the second Chief Minister of Penang for a record 21 years. He was also the founding president of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia, a member of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

Dr Lim was born in 1919 in Penang. He attended school at the Penang Free School, where he was the King's Scholar in 1937. He later obtained a degree in medical and surgery from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, in 1944. Dr Lim served as Chief Minister of Penang from 1969 to 1990.

1938 - Tun Ismail bin Mohd. Ali from Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He was awarded the Queen's Scholarship in 1938, the 2nd Malay student after Tun Suffian. He sailed for England on July 31st 1938. A year into his three-year economics course in Cambridge, war broke out in Europe. Worse, in late 1941 Malaya, in turn, was engulfed by war and came under Japanese occupation; Ismail was now cut off from home. He volunteered his services in fire watching as there were German air raids on Cambridge. He played badminton and tennis at Cambridge, captaining the badminton team. On finishing at Cambridge, he secured an extension of his scholarship to read law for one and a half years, graduating in 1943 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1962 he became the Governor of Bank Negara, a position he would hold for 18 years.

1939 - Yap Pow Meng was the third son of Yap Tai Hong, and a grandson of Yap Kwan Seng, one of the Pow Meng in science lab V.I.’s founding fathers. Yap Pow Meng secured his Queen's Scholarship in 1939. He sailed at the end of July to England. Hostilities broke out between Britain and Germany at about the time he started at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge to read for his medical degree (MBBCh). Pow Meng obtained his M.B. (Cambridge) in 1946, D.P.M. (London) in 1948, M.D. (Cambridge) in 1957 and F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh) in 1963. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He became a world authority on the phenomenology of culturally-determined psychiatric syndromes such as koro, latah and other conditions seen primarily in Asia. He also wrote on such subjects as drug dependence, suicide, aging and other sociocultural aspects. Pow Meng founded the Hong Kong Mental Health Association in 1961. From 1963 he was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health at the World Health Organization. From 1969 to 1971 he was Associate Professor in charge of Transcultural Psychiatry at the Clarke Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada. He returned to Hong Kong in 1971 to become the first Professor of Psychiatry there.

1940 - Rodney Russel Lam was the eldest of four brothers who went to the V.I. (The others were Randolph Sherwin, Rudolph Theodore and Ronald Victor.) By the time Rodney carried off the V.I.’s third consecutive Queen’s Scholarships in 1940, war had already engulfed Europe and unbeknowns to all, it was to come to this part of the world very soon. Rodney had left rather suddenly in June, not for England but for the Singapore Medical College instead. Rodney had completed his first year of studies when the relative tranquillity of Singapore was shattered in February 1942. The Pacific War had begun in late 1941 with the Japanese army overrunning Malaya and before long it was at the gates of Singapore. Rodney Lam Rodney got away on the last convoy out of Singapore. Rodney spent one year in medical college in Bombay before making his way to Edinburgh in 1943 where he finally could resume his medical studies in the country he was supposed to go to in the first place! One of his classmates at Edinburgh at that time was Lim Chong Eu, later to be Tun Dr Lim, Chief Minister of Penang. Rodney graduated from Edinburgh with M.B., Ch.B. He was the captain of the university lawn tennis club and was also a member of the Scottish Universities tennis team. After leaving Edinburgh Rodney did post-graduate work at London University and obtained his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Rodney sat for his FRCS and became an orthopaedic surgeon. He married Miss Yeo Lian Sim who had also escaped from Singapore to Bombay. With the Mandarin stage name of Yang Lian Shin, Mrs Lam carved a singing career in Europe singing English, French, German, Italian and Chinese songs. Until he passed away in 1996, Rodney Lam was serving as a consultant on the Hospital Board of the southeastern region in Canterbury, England.

*** Chung Shiu Tett (BA, LLN), from Penang Free School

V: 1941-1959: Post-graduate Scholarship for graduates of Raffles College and the King Edward VII College of Medicine

In 1941, the Scholarship rules were amended again. They ceased to be awarded to school candidates for undergraduate courses and only graduates of Raffles College((now NUS Campus at Bukit Timah) and the King Edward VII College of Medicine were eligible for awards intended for postgraduate studies.

Note: Raffles College was merged with the King Edward VII College of Medicine to form the University of Malaya on 8 October 1949, with campus at Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Singapore division of University of Malaya was renamed the University of Singapore on January 1, 1962.

Malaya and Singapore were under Japanese occupation from 1942 until 1945

1948- ***Dr  Cheah Bian Kung (MSc, PHD)from Penang Free School,  former Headmaster of MBS Penang(a Queen Scholar for Mathematics, graduated from London)

1949 - *** TAN SRI CHIN Fung Kee completed his secondary education at the High School, Bukit Mertajam and was awarded a Straits Settlements Scholarship to study at Raffles College, Singapore where he obtained a First Class Diploma in Arts. He then taught in his old school until he won a Queen’s Scholarship in 1949 to study Civil Engineering at the Queen’s University of Belfast. In Belfast he won the Foundation Scholarship in Civil Engineering and the Belfast Association of Engineers Prize. In 1952, Chin graduated with First Class Honors in Engineering and proceeded to complete his Master's at the same University while working as an assistant lecturer.
On returning to Malaya in 1954 he served as an engineer with the Drainage and Irrigation Department before joining the University of Malaya in 1956 as lecturer. He went on to be senior lecturer and finally professor. He was acting vice chancellor for seven years and for a period he was simultaneously the professor and dean of engineering, deputy and acting vice chancellor.

1952-  ***Lim Kee Jin (MB, BS)from Penang Free School

1954 - ***Wong Lin Ken (MA ) &  Chan Kong Thoe (MBBS) , both from Penang Free School

1957 - ***Khoo Soo Hock (BA Hons)from Penang Free School

Other Queen Scholars from Penang(but year ubknown)

Lau Fook Khean (a Queen’s scholar who later became a doctor). From Penang?

Leong Yew Kwoh(1888-1963) from SXI Penang, come from Ipoh. (year awarded scholarship not certain)He was educated at the Anglo Chinese School, Ipoh and St Xavier Institution, Penang . He studied at London University on a Queen's Scholarship  in 1908,  studying economy, sociology, political science and law. He graduated in 1912 with an LLBHe was called to the Bar in 1920 and served as an advocate and solicitor in the Federated Malay States (FMS) and was also a member of the FMS Bar Committee. He practiced law in Ipoh from 1921-1932. On the 27 February 1949,Tun Tan Cheng Lock founded the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) alongside with Tun Leong Yew Koh and Colonel HS Lee , he was the first Secretary-General of MCA.He was the first Secretary General of MCA.  He was appointed as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka on 31 August 1957 until 30 August 1959. In 1959, he was appointed as Justice Minister of Malaya. He died on 12 January 1963.

Note: Please help to complete the list and the missing link, thank you

 Names of Penang Queen's Scholars
The following were Queen's Scholars from Penang Free School: 1. Ung Bok Hoey 1893 2. Koh Leap Teng (MB B.CH) 1894 3. Gnoh Lean Tuck (MA, MD, ETC) 1896 4. Quah Sin Keat (BA, LSA) 1898 5. Yeoh Guan Seok (BA, LLB) 1901 6. R. H. Mac. Clelland (BA, LCE) 1901 7. Koh Kheng Seng (BA) 1902 8. W. W. Davidson (BA) 1903 9. Lim Guan Cheng (MB, BCH,ETC) 1904 10. Khoo Heng Kok (BA, LLB) 1909 11. Tneh Say Koo (BA, ACA) 1924 12. Tan Ah Tah (BA, LLB) 1924 13. Yeoh Cheng Hoe (LRCR, MRCS) 1925 14. Oon Khye Beng (BA) 1926 15. Lim Kheng Kooi (BA, LLB) 1927 16. Cheah Heng Sin (BA) 1927 17. J. W. D.Ambrose (BA,BCL) 1928 18. Ooi Tiang Eng (MA, BM, BCH, ETC) 1929 19. A.V. Winslow (BA, LLB) 1934 20. Lim Chong Eu (MB, BCH) 1937 21. Chung Shiu Tett (BA, LLN) 1940 22. Cheah Bian Kung (MSc, PHD) 1948 23. Lim Kee Jin (MB, BS) 1952 24. Wong Lin Ken (MA ) 1954 25. Chan Kong Thoe (MBBS) 1954 26. Khoo Soo Hock (BA Hons) 1957
(Source: Old Frees website)

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