Lee Kuan Yew

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Date of Birth September 16, 1923
Place of Birth Singapore
Date of Death Mar 23, 2015 (91)
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Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew, often referred to by his initials LKY, was a Singaporean politician and lawyer who served as the first Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990. As one of the founding members of the People's Action Party, Lee is recognised as the nation's founding father, credited with rapidly transitioning the country from a "developing third world country into a developed first world country within a single generation" under his leadership. After attending the London School of Economics, Lee graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, with double starred-first-class honours in law. He became a barrister of the Middle Temple in 1950 and practised law until 1959. Lee co-founded the People's Action Party in 1954 and was its first secretary-general until 1992, leading the party to eight consecutive victories.

Born: Harry Lee Kuan Yew, September 16, 1923, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: March 23, 2015, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Citizenship: Singapore
Nationality: Singaporean
Political party: People's Action Party (1955–2015)
Children: Lee Hsien Loong (son), Lee Wei Ling (daughter), Lee Hsien Yang (son)
Mother: Chua Jim Neo (mother)
Father: Lee Chin Koon (father)
Alma mater: Raffles Institution, London School of Economics, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
President: Yusof Ishak, (1965–1970), Benjamin Sheares, (1970–1981), Devan Nair, (1981–1985), Wee Kim Wee, (1985–1993)
Governor: Sir William Goode
Deputy: Toh Chin Chye, (1965–1968), Goh Keng Swee, (1973–1984), S Rajaratnam, (1980–1985), Goh Chok Tong, (1985–1990), Ong Teng Cheong, (1985–1993)
Preceded by: Lim Yew Hock, (as Chief Minister)
Succeeded by: Goh Chok Tong
Constituency: Tanjong Pagar–Tiong Bahru GRC
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About Lee Kuan Yew

Politician who served as Prime Minister of Singapore and oversaw Singapore's separation from Malaysia. He helped found the People's Action Party, which won an unprecedented eight victories from 1959 to 1990.

Before Fame

In the years after World War II, he studied at both the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.


He served as Minister Mentor of Singapore from 2004 to 2011.

Family Life

He had three children -- Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang -- with his wife Kwa Geork Choo.


He was highly praised by Henry Kissinger.

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