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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 14, 2013
Four T&T nationals are among six people who
will be conferred with honorary doctorates at the
2013 graduation ceremonies at the University of
the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, in October.
Former Bishop, Rev Clive Abdulah, will be conferred
with the Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree;
research scientists Dr Theodosius Ming Whi Poon-
King and Dr Elisha Tikasingh will be conferred with
Honorary Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degrees and
Trinidadian journalist Marina Salandy-Brown will
be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Letters
(Dlitt) degree, the university has said in a press release.
The release said the four were being honoured for
their stellar contributions to the development of T&T
and the wider Caribbean.
Abdulah was the first national to be elected Bishop
of T&T, a position in which he served for 23 years
(1970-1993). He was also a founding member of the
Inter-Religious Organisation of T&T and its second
He is also still the first and only bishop to have
served as a member of the University Council of
UWI from 1971-1975 and is the first West Indian
bishop to serve on the board of directors of the Angli-
can Centre in Rome (1992-1995).
For his contributions, Abdulah, who continues to
serve the diocese of T&T, was the recipient of the
Humming Bird Gold Medal and, in 2013, received
the Cadet Corps Commanding Officer s Award.
Poon-King has made tremendous and invaluable
contributions to medical research in areas such as
diabetes, acute rheumatic fever, paraquat poisoning
and scorpion sting mycocarditis.
He was the first to report on a link between scorpion
stings and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart
muscle), and published the report in the British Med-
ical Journal. Dr Poon-King is also credited with
undertaking the first nationwide survey of diabetes
in Trinidad and Tobago in 1961.
Tikasingh has also made sterling contributions to
scientific research in the Caribbean region and is
internationally renowned for his work in entomology,
parasitology and virology. Upon completion of his
academic qualifications, he joined the Trinidad
Regional Virus Laboratory (TRVL) UWI, St Augustine,
in 1960 as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.
During his 25-year career, he established the Par-
asitology Unit at CAREC, which subsequently served
as a reference centre to laboratories in 19 countries
of the Commonwealth Caribbean, and authored over
100 research articles which have been featured in
international peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Tikasingh is internationally known for the devel-
opment of a technique to produce hyper-immune
ascetic fluids in mice, which is used today as the
gold standard and forms the basis for arbovirus
Salandy-Brown has had a distinguished career in
media, the arts and literature. An international prize-
winning programme maker, she has made extensive
contributions to the cultural landscapes of both T&T
and the United Kingdom.
Salandy-Brown was a former editor of the Melrose
Press in London, a Governor of the University of
Westminster and a former trustee of the Koestler
Awards to support and fund arts in prisons in the
She also served as a senior executive with the
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where she
was critical to strategic policy-making and the con-
ception and production of radio programmes.
The other two graduands are London
novelist/writer/literary commentator Dr Lakshmi
Persaud, who will be conferred with an Honorary
Doctor of Letters (Dlitt) degree and Jamaican pub-
lisher/entrepreneur Ian Randle will be conferred with
an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree.
A total of 19 Honorary Graduands have been named
by the regional university. The degrees will be con-
ferred by UWI Chancellor Sir George Alleyne at grad-
uation exercises, beginning with the open campus
ceremony in Grenada on October 12, the Cave Hill
Campus ceremony in Barbados on October 19, the
St Augustine Campus ceremony in T&T from October
24 to 26 and the Mona Campus ceremony in Jamaica
from October 31 to November 2.
Ex-bishop to get
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