30 Jul '11, 9pm

Inside the beautiful mind of a simple boy

He has sat on the committee that awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and courts some of the most brilliant minds in the world to bring their expertise to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which he is planning to transform into a varsity at the forefront of research. But while Professor Bertil Andersson appears every bit the well-travelled academic who effortlessly orders his lunch at the Brasserie Les Saveurs in French, he cheerfully describes himself as a "simple boy" - one whose childhood on a farm in Sweden left an indelible influence on him, both as a renowned plant biochemist and an ecologically-conscious dad who drives a hybrid car. "I come from a farm in Sweden and it was a very simple life. You lived on what the farm could give you," says the freshly-inaugurated president of NTU, who orders a beer right away while he examines the menu. "We had the forest...

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