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Edwin Nadason Thumboo (b. 22 November 1933, Singapore–), Emeritus Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is widely regarded as the unofficial poet laureate of Singapore. He is best known for writing on national issues. His poem, Ulysses by the Merlion, is a major work in Singapore literature. He was the first Singaporean to be conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award (1979) and the Cultural Medallion for Literature (1980). His other awards include National Book Development Council prizes for poetry (1978, 1980, 1994), the ASEAN Cultural and Communication Award in Literature (1987), the Public Service Star (Bar) (1991), and the Meritorious Service Medal (2006). He was also awarded the Distinguished Arts and Social Sciences Alumnus Award (2016) by the National University of Singapore in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a poet, scholar, academic leader and champion of Singapore writing.