“Among a number of 20th-century luminaries asked by the Wall Street Journal in 1999 to pick the most influential invention of the millennium, he alone shunned the printing press, electricity, the internal combustion engine and the internet and chose the air-conditioner. He explained that, before air-con, people living in the tropics were at a disadvantage because the heat and humidity damaged the quality of their work.” Here’s The Economist’s obituary of Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore.

+ Lee Kuan Yew was at helm of the one of the most astonishing economic records of the last century.