Lives of the fellows

Hock-Boon Wong

b.25 March 1923 d.28 December 2008
MB BS Malaya(1952) DCH(1957) FRCP Edin(1964) FRACP(1967) FRCP Glasg(1968) FRCP(1987) FRCPCH(1996)

Hock-Boon Wong was head of the department of paediatrics at the National University of Singapore. He was born in Singapore and studied medicine at the University of Malaya, qualifying MB BS in 1952.

He was a house physician, medical officer and then senior medical registrar for the Ministry of Health, Singapore. In 1962 he was appointed as professor and head of the department of paediatrics at the National University of Singapore. In 1965 he became director of the school of postgraduate medical studies and two years later was made senior professor.

He was at various times in his career chairman of the expert committee on immunisation in Singapore, of the medicine advisory committee and of the sales of infants’ food ethics committee. He was deputy chairman of the medical clinical research committee.

He was awarded the public administration gold medal (1970), the meritorious service medal (1975) and the Guinness award for scientific achievement (1980). In 1985 he was named as the most outstanding paediatrician in Asia.

He was a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Australasia.

In 1953 he married Tuan-Neo Toh, a housewife. They had one daughter.

RCP editor

[J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2009; 39:95]

(Volume XII, page web)

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