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Press Release November 4, 2004

World-renowned Environmentalist to Speak at 29th Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture

The Central Bank of Barbados today announced that one of the world’s foremost authorities on environmental matters will deliver this year’s Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2004 at the Frank Collymore Hall.

He’s Dr. David Suzuki, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and an award-winning scientist and environmentalist.

Dr. Suzuki, who is perhaps best known for his television series “The Nature of Things”, will speak on the topic  “The Environment or the Economy: What is the Bottomline?”. 

In announcing Dr. Suzuki as the 2004 Sir Winston Scott Memorial lecturer, Governor Dr. Marion Williams said that the Bank was pleased to attract a presenter who is in the vanguard of environmental activism and preservation.

The Governor further stated that Dr. Suzuki’s visit to Barbados must be seen in the context of continued efforts to promote the preservation of the natural, physical and economic environment at the national, regional and global levels.

Dr. Suzuki’s scholastic and academic achievements are impressive. In 1972, he was awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding scientist in Canada under the age of 35. He has won numerous awards and holds sixteen honorary degrees in Canada, the U.S and Australia. A member of the Royal society of Canada and the Order of Canada, Dr. Suzuki has written forty books, including 17 for children. His 1976 textbook An Introduction to Genetic Analysis (with A.J.F.Griffiths) remains the most widely used genetics text book in the United States and has been translated into Italian, Greek, Indonesian, Arabic, French and German.

In addition, he is the recipient of UNESCO’s KALINGA prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Programme medal and the Global 500 award. He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

The Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture, now in its 29th year, is held in honour of this country’s first native Governor General and to celebrate the island’s Independence.

The Central Bank of Barbados, sponsor of the lecture, extends a special invitation to all Barbadians to hear the environmentalist, geneticist and highly acclaimed broadcaster who presents the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

 

November 4, 2004

 
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