|Benjamin Henry Sheares|
2 January 1971 – 12 May 1981
|Prime Minister||Lee Kuan Yew (1959–1990)|
|Preceded by||Yusof bin Ishak|
|Succeeded by||Devan Nair|
|Born||12 August 1907|
|Died||12 May 1981 (aged 73)|
|Spouse||S. The President of the Republic of Singapore is Singapore 's Head of state. Events 366 - The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers invading the Roman Empire. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH ( born September 16 1923 also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew) is a Singaporean of Chinese immigrant background Yusof bin Ishak (ˈjʊsɒf bɪn ˈɪshɑːk ''YOO-sof bɪn ΙS-haak'') ( 12 August 1910 &ndash 23 November Chengara Veetil Devan Nair, also known as C V Devan Nair ( August 5, 1923 &ndash December 6, 2005) was the third President Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1907 ( MCMVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Singapore Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Singapore Singapore G. Sheares|
Constance Sheares (art historian)
Dr. A physician, medical practitioner or medical doctor who practices Medicine, and is concerned with maintaining or restoring human Health Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings Benjamin Henry Sheares (12 August 1907 – 12 May 1981) was the second President of Singapore. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1907 ( MCMVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 The President of the Republic of Singapore is Singapore 's Head of state.
Benjamin was born the second child of six children in Singapore to an Eurasian family with an English lineage. His father Edwin H Sheares, a technical supervisor of the Public Works Department, was born in England and raised in India. Edwin later migrated to Penang and married Singapore-born Lilian Gomez, of Chinese Singaporean and Spanish descent, and had six children - the first died in infancy. Life was hard for the Sheares family with the meagre pay that Edwin received from his post, but they were still happy.  The young Ben or Bennie as he was affectionately known, was a quiet boy keeping very much to himself and loved to play at the Pierce Reservoir where his father worked.  He had a close relationship with his sister Alice and often loved to play doctor with her. There was one incident when he made Alice swallow a one-cent coin as a medical “pill” in their game. Benjamin was six years old then and receiving a good hiding from his mother Lilian. Throughout his growing years Benjamin showed ambition to become a doctor - a dream deemed an almost impossible one for someone coming from a poor family and being an Asian in early colonial days in Singapore. Alice continued to spirit him on with that dream, against his mother's wishes for his son to take up a job as a clerk and start helping out with the family bills when he completes his Senior Cambridge Examinations (O-Level equivalent).  Ben attended the Methodist Girls' School and then in 1918 went to Saint Andrew's School, Singapore. Methodist Girls' School ( MGS) is an all-girls Methodist school in Singapore. History Chin Chew Street (1862-1863 SAS was founded on 8 September 1862 by the Rev Edward Sherman Venn through adopting a private institution owned by Sim Quee and Tye He transferred himself to study at the Raffles Institution in 1922, as the Institution was the only school with equipped with scientific laboratories and that it was an ideal place to further his ambition to become a doctor. Raffles Institution is an independent boys' secondary school in Singapore. In 1923, he enrolled into the King Edward VII College of Medicine Singapore to begin his medical training. But he knew too well that his family could not see him through the hefty school fees afforded by the College, and he won a generous scholarship offered by the Council of the Medical College with his exemplary academic performance. He was able to part his $50 monthly award to his mother to help support his family. He continued to excel in his studies and was awarded four medals by his College and passed his Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) final examinations with distinctions. Upon graduation and working as an obstetrician in the Kandang Kerbau Hospital and a professor at the University of Malaya he continued to support his family, and assuming full responsibility for his family when his father died in 1940. Obstetrics (from the Latin obstare, "to stand by" is the surgical speciality dealing with the care of a woman and her offspring during Pregnancy The Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital ( Abbreviation: KKH; Chinese: 竹脚妇幼医院 Malay: Hospital Wanita dan Kanak-kanak The meaning of the word professor ( Latin: professor, person who professes to be an expert in some art or science teacher of highest rank) varies The University of Malaya ( Abbreviation: UM; Universiti Malaya is the oldest university in Malaysia.  Dr. Sheares was also the first Chancellor of the National University of Singapore. A Chancellor is the head of a University. Other titles are sometimes used such as President or Rector. The National University of Singapore ( Abbreviation: NUS;; Abbreviated 国大 Malay: Universiti Kebangsaan Singapura; Tamil:
Benjamin Sheares became Singapore's second president on 2 January 1971. Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH ( born September 16 1923 also spelled Lee Kwan-Yew) is a Singaporean of Chinese immigrant background Wee Chong Jin ( was born in Penang to parents Wee Gim Puay and Lim Paik Yew Events 366 - The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers invading the Roman Empire. Year 1971 ( MCMLXXI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. His mother was 91 years of age, when she learnt that he had become President of the Republic of Singapore. Just two weeks before she died, she had said God has blessed Bennie especially after the way he looked after us and me.  He continued to serve faithfully and was well-loved by the people in Singapore, and held the office until his death in 1981. He was succeeded as President by C. V. Devan Nair, and buried in the Kranji State Cemetery. Chengara Veetil Devan Nair, also known as C V Devan Nair ( August 5, 1923 &ndash December 6, 2005) was the third President Kranji is a suburb in northwestern Singapore, located about 22 Kilometres (15 Miles from the city centre.
The Benjamin Sheares Bridge is named after him, as is a student's residence hall, Sheares Hall, in the National University of Singapore. Opened in 1982, the Benjamin Sheares Bridge ( Chinese: 薛尔思桥 Pinyin: Xūeěrsī Qíao; Malay: Jambatan Benjamin Sheares
One of Sheares' main contributions to medicine was a technique to create an artificial vagina for those born without one. A modification of it is still used for sex change operations today. 
– A biography of Dr. Benjamin Sheares written by his son, Dr. Joseph Sheares, noting the contributions of Dr. Sheares as an obstetrician, gynaecologist and President of Singapore, and offering an intimate insight into Dr. Sheares' life before and after taking public office.
Yusof bin Ishak
|President of Singapore|
|Presidents of Singapore|