The Singapore Biographical Database is a collaborative project by the National University of Singapore, the National Library Board of Singapore and the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations. It presents an interface that allows users to search individual prominent Singapore Chinese personalities and displays a social network of interpersonal connections and affiliations between them. Apart from biographical information, the database offers additional links to selected digital archives from the National Library, Singapore; the National Archives of Singapore and the photo archives from the Department of Chinese Studies, the National University of Singapore.
The first phase of this project focuses on 200 prominent Singapore Chinese personalities to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore in 2019. We hope to eventually develop a big database of eight generations of Singapore personalities from 1819 to 2019.
Recommended browser: Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari
Click here to see the full list of the Singapore Chinese Personalities
Click here to see the full list of relationships among the Singapore Chinese Personalities
Click here to download the dataset in Excel format
Click the figure below to access the network
This book features the life stories of 1,175 prominent Chinese individuals from the fields of politics, economy, thinking, culture, education, arts and religion from 1819 to 1990, and have each contributed significantly to Singapore’s social progress. Besides the main biographies, this publication also includes seven appendices, such as the Historical Glossary of Chinese in Singapore, the Chronology of the Establishment of Regional Halls in Singapore, the Comparison Table of the Names of Streets in English and Chinese, and the Comparison Table of the Key Nouns in Chinese and English.LEARN MORE !
This two-volume publication features the history of Singapore’s Chinese community through the epigraphic records of 62 Chinese temples, native place associations, clan and guild halls from 1819 to 1911. These materials include temple plaques, couplets, stone inscriptions, stone and bronze censers, and other inscribed objects found in these institutions. They provide first-hand historical information on the aspirations and contributions of the early Chinese settlers in Singapore. Early inscriptions reveal how these institutions play a central role to life in Singapore while later ones show how these institutions evolved over the years. Many are deeply engaged in social welfare projects while others have become centres of transnational networks. These materials, which are available in English with Chinese translation, open a window into Chinese communities in Singapore. These cultural artifacts are not only artistically valuable but are also integral to Singapore’s heritage.LEARN MORE !
Covering the period from 6 February 1819 to 6 February 1919, this is a chronological record of the contributions of the Chinese community to the development, progress and prosperity of Singapore. It features events and incidents relating to the Chinese community as well as the lives, pursuits and public service rendered by prominent individuals. Featured in the publication are familiar names such as Seah Eu Chin, Hoo Ah Kay, Tan Tock Seng, Tan Kim Seng, Lim Boon Keng, Lim Peng Siang, Seah Liang Seah, Lee Choon Guan, Tan Kah Kee, Loke Yew and Eu Tong Sen.LEARN MORE !
Influenced by the classical writing style of The Historical Records, Nan Yang Ming Ren Ji Zhuan features the biographies of 196 ordinary Chinese personalities who were engaged in the development of Singapore.LEARN MORE !
Professor (Dept of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)
Chairman (Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations)
Senior Research Fellow (Dept of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)
Research Fellow & Chief Developer (Dept of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)
Research Associate (Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore)
Senior Librarian (Content & Services, National Library, Singapore)
Events Executive (Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations)
We are here to help. Want to learn more about our database? Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!