UK NEWS: JAMAICAN-BORN SCIENTIST TO BE KNIGHTED BY THE QUEEN
The Voice reports that Scotland’s first black university professor, Geoffrey Palmer will be knighted for services to human rights, science and charity.
Jamaican-born Palmer is a professor emeritus at Edinburgh’s of Heriot-Watt University and specialises in cereal and grain science.
He told the newspaper:
“I got a letter a few weeks ago and when I opened it and read it, it said the prime minister had recommended me for a knighthood and I immediately thought of my mother.
“She left Jamaica in 1948 on her own and then she sent for me in 1955, when I was 14 years old.
“It took her from 48 to 55 to save £86 to bring me here. Without her love and sacrifice my story would not have been possible.”
Congratulations Prof Geoffrey Palmer.