The Jamaican-born Professor Geoffrey Palmer o/c “Geof”, has become the first Black professor to be knighted.

Professor Palmer a prominent anti-racism campaigner and a leading activist for the rights of Asian women was knighted for services to human rights, science and charity.

The Jamaican-born Professor became Scotland’s first ever black professor in 1989 and was named one of Briton’s 100 great “Black Britons” in a poll conducted in 2007.

Professor Palmer was born in Jamaica and migrated to the UK at just age 14.

He is an internationally renowned brewing expert who is a professor emeritus in the school of life sciences in Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University.

Geoff Palmer first black professor knightedProfessor Palmer, 75, said: “The honour is really a tribute to all the people who helped me out over the years, especially my mother, who came to England from Jamaica in 1948.

“My connections with the university actually go back to 1964, when I won a place as a PHD student after what I actually thought was a bad interview. I’ve been living in Penicuik ever since 1977.”

 

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The Jamaican-born Professor Geoffrey Palmer o/c 'Geof', has become the first Black professor to be knighted. Professor Palmer a prominent anti-racism campaigner and a leading activist for the rights of Asian women was knighted for services to human rights, science and charity. The Jamaican-born Professor became Scotland's first ever black...

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