SR Nathan: Indian-Origin Former Longest-Serving Singapore President is No More (Download PDF)


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Indian-origin and former longest-serving Singapore President Sellapan Ramanathan (S. R. Nathan) passes away due to a stroke at the age of 92 years. He was the sixth President of Singapore from 1999 to 2011 and was closely associated with the founding leader Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore.

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Image of Sellapan Ramanathan

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About S.R Nathan

  • Sellapan Ramanathan born on 3rd July 1924 Indian Tamil family settled in Straits Settlements of Singapore.
  • He was the longest serving President of Singapore from 1999 to 2011 (two terms) and in 2011 he had officially announced his walk off from third term, after that he had worked as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and at Singapore Management University’s School of Social Sciences.
  • Prior to 1999 he was serving on the important positions in the Singapore Civil Service and also in security, intelligence and foreign affairs.
  • He had served as High Commissioner of Singapore to Malaysia and in 1988 Ambassador of Singapore to the United States from 1990 to 1996.

Awards and Honours:

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) in 2012 for his support to build closer relations between India and Singapore.
  • Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) in 1975 for his actions during the Laju incident.
  • The Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Star) in 1964.
  • The Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Perak) (Public Administration Silver Medal) in 1967.
  • The Darjah Utama Temasek (Order of Temasek) on 8 August 2013.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 23, 2016


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