Lee Kuan Yew was the Best Student in Mathematics in Raffles College

We sincerely wish our ex-Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew all the best, and may he have a good recovery.

Many people know that Lee Kuan Yew was a lawyer and politician, but few knew that he liked and was very good at Mathematics as a student. We can know these facts from the book The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 1, which is an interesting book to read.

Mathematical Excerpts from the book (Autobiography, so “I” means Lee Kuan Yew):

  • Each student had to take three subjects. I (Lee Kuan Yew) read English, which was compulsory for all arts students, and concentrated on it to improve my command of the language, and to help me study law later; mathematics, because I liked it and was good at it; and economics.
  • After the first year, a student had to choose one subject as his major field of study. I chose mathematics.
  • At the end of each of the three terms in the academic year there were examinations, and for the first of these I was the best student in mathematics, scoring over 90 marks.
  • I was good at mathematics and the sciences and had a solid grounding in the English language.

These are the quotes from the book that let us know more about the mathematical side of Lee Kuan Yew.

Hence, it is indeed apt and suitable that there is a prestigious award named “Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science” to honor students who have done well in Mathematics and Science subjects.

I hope you are inspired to learn more about Math, since even a famous person like LKY liked Math so much as to major in it. You can read more about Recommended Books for University Math where we list down all the best books for learning University Math.

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