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The Nobel Peace Prize and the Caribbean

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore. As a long-time admirer of Gore, I was very happy with his win. I’m even happier now to realise that this win also extends into the Caribbean and to a former colleague.

When UWI professor John Agard went to his computer on Friday morning, little did the country’s leading environmental scientist know he was a Nobel laureate.
Within minutes he got word that he would be sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with former United States Vice President Al Gore.
“It’s amazing,” Agard said yesterday, making sure to note that the prize is actually being shared with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of which he is “only a member.”

In addition to John Agard, another Trinidadian, Roger Pulwarty, also shared in the prize

Agard—senior lecturer, life sciences, faculty of science and agriculture, at UWI’s St Augustine campus and chairman on the Environmental Management Authority—is not the only Trinidadian to be sharing in the glory of international recognition for scientific work.

So too is Roger Pulwarty, a senior physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Colorado, USA, and the director for the US National Integrated Drought Information System.Contacted on campus yesterday afternoon, Agard said he got the news about the prestigious prize early Friday morning, some five hours before the official announcement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Three others from the English-speaking Caribbean were also in the group

Agard and Pulwarty are two of five West Indians who participated in the assessment. The others are Barbadian lecturer in coastal management at UWI’s Cave Hill campus Dr Lennard Nurse; Jamaican physics professor Tony Chen of the Mona campus; and retired St Lucian parasitologist Sam Rollins of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre.

Great news.


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