For archive (Updated on February 26, 2019)
Saya Dr. Tha Hla
- studied for his Ph.D. in UK about the same time as Dr. Maung Maung Kha, Dr. Hla Myint, and Dr. Po Aye
- first native Professorin Geology
- served as Rector, Rangoon University
- retired after serving as UN Advisor
- known for his discipline and integrity
U Thadu, famous writer & director, tried to get “concession” from the Film Censor Board. Saya refused. U Thadu had to resubmit the film. He was surprised to learn that his movie received the Academy award (with the “blessing” of Saya). Saya told U Thadu that the two incidents are different, and that he had no grudge or bias.
- found jobs for several Burmese expatriates in Thailand
- gave lessons on drinking
He told his guests, “You can choose whiskey, beer or any drink from the cabinets, but don’t let ‘Ah Yet’ become your master. Don’t add water/soda in the whiskey if you want good taste.”
- led by example
DTH’s jeep drove to meet the “rowdy” students trying to follow Ajala, the Nigerian agitator and was able to calm them.
- fought for his colleagues and students
When a Minister (in charge of the State Scholar Board) tried to “blacklist” a young geologist for his political views, DTH offered to resign if his student was “punished”. During the minister’s trip overseas, the State Scholar Board selected the then young geologist.
Dr. Maung Thein
- informed his students (including Ko Soe Myint) about the Computer Science degree courses being offered at UCC (under the aegis of RU Mathematics Department).
- transferred to Mandalay University.
DMT asked KSM and me to give lectures for his staff (during the summer vacation). We overheard some young sayas thinking out loud, “Why is Saya Thein asking the two UCC guys to waste our free time?”
- transferred to RASU
DMT asked UCC to conduct a short course at Mandalay Hall. KSM, I and a few others ran the course. Rumors said that a young Minthamee from UCC would be teaching. Wonder what the reaction was when Pale Shein, daughter of soccer star Kenneth Shein, … showed up.
U Ba Maw
We sadly learned that Saya U Ba Maw, a lecturer, was being chastised by the higher authorities for doing research with foreigners. UBM and his students came cross ancient fossils (of Ramapiticus …). A US researcher took photos and published about UBM’s findings. The news broke to Times and/or Newsweek.
U Ba Than Haq
- served as Professorretired as Pro-Rector
Geology offered “Gems” specialization. It also offered DAG (Diploma in Applied Geology) in the Thamaing Campus.
In the early 50’s, Civil Engineering students (living in Prome Hall) had to walk to the main Campus to take Geology. Since the students were late and did not pay attention, most of them ended up with C or C-
RIT had Geology as a supporting department.
U Ngwe Thein was Head of Geology.
I had a micro-reunion at SPZP-2012 with Saya Maung San (who supposedly shopped at the Junior section at a Departmental Store in London). He worked at RIT and in Bangkok.