Kenneth Gin Ying Doon

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BornDecember 1924
EducationMelbourne High School
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
OccupationPresident of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore
Spouse(s)Dr. Wee Kit Lee in 1956

Er. Kenneth Gin Ying Doon (born December 1924) was elected as the first President of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore.[1] He practised as a Civil Engineer from 1946 to 2000.

Personal life and education

Er. Kenneth Gin was born in Australia in December 1924 as the third youngest of twelve siblings. He had 5 brothers and 6 sisters. His father was Hoey Sing Goon, a small Chinese businessman who migrated to Melbourne, Australia before marrying Woo Choy Yeuck. Gin attended Melbourne High School in South Yarra, Melbourne from 1939 to 1941.[2] He then graduated with Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1945.[3] Kenneth Gin married Dr. Wee Kit Lee in 1956.[2]

Engineering career

In 1946, he joined Messrs, Scott & Furphy, Consulting Engineers in Water Supply, Sewerage and Municipal Works, Melbourne.[2] He moved to Singapore to work for Hume Industries (Far East Organization) Ltd. as Project Engineer between 1956 to 1959. He was appointed Deputy Director of Public Works, Singapore in 1959.[4] Following that he was appointed Acting Director of Public Works in 1963.[4] Finally, in 1966, he was appointed General Manager of Singapore's Public Utilities Board (former Public Works).[4][5] In 1970, he became the Group General Manager of Singapore Land & Investment Corporation[6] that was in charge of the development of the island of Sentosa into a tourist attraction. A new company was incorporated in 1973 to oversee the development of Sentosa, Sentosa Development Corporation. Gin was named General Manager of Santos Development Corporation in 1973.[4] By 1976, Gin had created his own Engineering Consultancy practice[3] working with Mobil|Mobil Oil Singapore Pte Ltd oil refinery projects and as an Arbitrator on engineering disputes.[6]


  1. "Milestones of IES 1966 to 1970". The Institution of Engineers, Singapore. Retrieved 2020-11-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Singapore Engineer June 2016". Issuu. Retrieved 2020-11-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Matthews, Shirley Ho, Eliah Castiello, Zac (2013-10-01), The Melbourne Graduate, retrieved 2020-11-28{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Tian, Er A/Prof Chew Yong (1996-03-01), English: Interview with IES Founder President Er. Kenneth Gin, retrieved 2020-11-28
  5. Jshutler (1969-03-27), A World Hunt for a Superman to Run Utilities Board, retrieved 2020-11-28
  6. 6.0 6.1 Matthews, Shirley Ho, Eliah Castiello, Zac (2013-10-01), The Melbourne Graduate, retrieved 2020-11-28{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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