Robert Lim

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lim.
Robert Lim
Born 15 October 1897
Singapore, British Empire
Died 8 July 1969(1969-07-08) (aged 71)
Elkhart, Indiana, United States
Nationality British subject
Republic of China
United States[citation needed]
Fields Physiology
Institutions Edinburgh University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alma mater Edinburgh University

Robert Kho-Seng Lim (simplified Chinese: 林可胜; traditional Chinese: 林可勝; pinyin: Lín Kěshèng; 15 October 1897 – 8 July 1969) was a Chinese doctor. His father is Lim Boon Keng, who promoted social and educational reforms in Singapore and China. Robert K. S. Lim moved to Edinburgh when he was eight. During the first World War, he volunteered for and served in the Indian army medical service. In 1916, he returned to Edinburgh for medical studies, and graduated in 1919 with a degree in medicine from Edinburgh University, where he subsequently earned a Ph.D. in 1920, and a D.Sc. together with a Rockefeller fellowship in 1924.

He worked in the department of physiology in the University of Chicago before he was appointed associate professor, then head of department at the Peking Union Medical College. He was the founder of the Chinese Physiological Society.[1]

In 1929, he became a trustee of the 'Nanyang Club' in Penang, appointed by Cheah Cheang Lim. Other trustees included Queen's scholars Dr. Wu Lien-teh and Mr. Wu Lai Hsi, and Rockefeller Fellowship scholar and PUMC colleague, Dr. Lim Chong Eang. The 'Nanyang Club' is an old house in Peiping, China and was used to provide convenient accommodation to overseas Chinese friends.[1]

After the Second Sino-Japanese war, he rebuilt China's medical education and medical research. He was a Lieutenant General in the Army and Surgeon General of the Republic of China. In 1947, Lim reorganized the National Defense Medical Center and served as its first president. He left for the United States in 1949.

He was elected as a foreign member of United States National Academy of Sciences in 1942, and was elected a member in 1956.


  1. ^ a b Francis Cooray & Khoo Salma Nasution, Redoutable Rerformer: The Life and Times of Cheah Cheang Lim. Areca Books, 2015. ISBN 9789675719202

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