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Top Swedish scientist professor Bertil Andersson awarded prestigious Wilhelm Exner Medal in Vienna
Date:11/22/2010

ung investigators keen to pursue research and also successfully attracted to NTU a host of world class academics prominent in their fields of study.

They include the earth sciences dream team comprising Professor Kerry Sieh, Professor Chris Newhall and Professor Paul Tapponnier; Professor Nadia Thalmann (virtual humans); Professor Rudolph Marcus (Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry); Professor Pr Nordlund (structural biology); Professor Staffan Kjelleberg (microbiology); Professor Yehuda Cohen (microbiology) and Professor Vibeke Sorensen (animation).

On his acumen for attracting talent, he brushed it off modestly: "It's not that difficult. I attract one good academic and he draws fellow top academics over. For example, I persuaded Kerry Sieh to give up his Chaired Professorship at Caltech to come to Singapore to head the Earth Observatory of Singapore. He then recruited leading volcano expert Professor Chris Newhall and Professor Paul Tapponnier, the foremost scientist of his generation in the field of neotectonics, and before long, a galaxy of superstar academics in earth sciences has evolved at NTU."

Last month, NTU sealed the deal with Imperial College London, to set up a new medical school in Singapore. This is Imperial College's first foray out of the United Kingdom. A Visiting Professor and Fellow at Imperial, Professor Andersson was instrumental in the "marriage" between NTU and Imperial to establish the Imperial College-Nanyang Technological University Medical School which will start accepting students in 2013.

"Two years after I joined NTU, the Singapore government invited NTU to put up a proposal to set up a medical school. I knew the brightest Singaporean students aspire to go to Imperial to study medicine and I knew that Imperial had ambitions to come to Asia. So here was a perfect opportunity to fulfil these two ambitions and start a new school that will train a new generation of skilled doctors who are innovative and
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Contact: Feisal Abdul Rahman
feisalar@ntu.edu.sg
656-790-6687
Nanyang Technological University
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