Monday, March 19, 2012

Scientist Politicians in Singapore and China

Tony Tan, who has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. Tan won the very close election and joined the government of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who also has a degree in mathematics.

President Hu Jintao was trained as a hydraulic engineer and Premier Wen Jiabao as a geo=mechanical engineer. In fact, eight out of the nine top government officials in China have scientific backgrounds.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a doctorate in physical chemistry, and, going back a bit, Margaret Thatcher earned a degree in chemistry.

Complete NY Times:Why Don’t Americans Elect Scientists?   article here

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