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Former UWI Professor captures 2010 CARICOM Science Award

For Release Upon Receipt - October 8, 2010

St. Augustine

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad And Tobago – A former Lecturer in Chemistry at the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has gained international recognition for his regional contribution.

Professor Lincoln Hall, former Professor of Chemistry at UWI St Augustine was awarded the prestigious annual CARICOM Science Award at a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on September 20, 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the field of science and in particular for his innovative studies in Analytical/Environmental and Inorganic Chemistry. Professor Hall has published widely in prestigious journals and has been a visiting scholar to a number of universities including the University of Chicago and Imperial College, London.

The CARICOM Science Award is a joint effort between CARISCIENCE and the CARICOM Secretariat and is meant to give recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements made by individuals from the CARICOM countries. The past awardees included Dr. Raymond Wright (Jamaica), Prof. Harold Ramkissoon (Trinidad) and Prof. Sean Mc Dowell (Barbados). The 2010 Award was presented to Professor Hall by Senator the Honorable Frank Alexis-Bernadine, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Grenada, who represented The Honorable Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of Grenada and Prime Minister responsible for Science and Technology in CARICOM. 

The Honorable Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Education, delivered a welcome address at the function, which was attended by Dr. Kwame Boafo, UNESCO Director and Representative for the Caribbean; Mr. Cesar Toro, UNESCO Programme Specialist in Natural Sciences; Dr. Rudiger Klein, Executive Director, All European Academies; Dr. Sergio Pastrana, Representative, the International Council for Science, Cuba; Prof. Claudio Bifano, Former President Academia de Ciencias, Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales and Dr. Nelson Moreno, President of the Caribbean Scientific Union, Dominican Republic.

Lincoln Hall was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1947. He received his BSc Degree in Chemistry (1st Class Honours) and Mathematics (Upper 2nd Class Honours) in 1970 and an MSc Degree in  1974 from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad. After some years in teaching and industry he returned to academia as a Lecturer in Chemistry at The UWI, St. Augustine Campus in 1978.  He pursued research studies at the University of Toronto and The UWI, obtaining his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1985 from The UWI.

In 1992, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and to Professor of Chemistry in 2003, heading the Inorganic teaching and research programme at the St. Augustine Campus.  More recently, he has been a Consultant with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and will shortly be joining the University of Southern California, Centre for Energy Nanoscience and Technology as a visiting research scientist.

He has supervised several students towards research degrees at the MPhil and PhD Levels and has been the recipient of several research grants from The UWI and a significant research grant from the international pharmaceutical company, Abbott Laboratories.

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