First conceptualised in 2003, Caribbean Icons in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) set out to record and honour the invaluable contribution of our scientists to national, regional and, in some cases, international developments in their respective fields. It also aimed to provide role models to inspire budding scientists in the school system. Volume II of the series, a joint effort by NIHERST and the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST), was completed in 2010. It highlights the life and achievements of individuals in science education, engineering, medicine, innovation and natural sciences.
About the Book
The publication features profiles of 38 outstanding men and women. These achievers represent 11 countries in the Caribbean, and their stories span more than 150 years of Caribbean history.
"Our Icons defended natural habitats, dived for interesting artefacts, managed outbreaks of disease, discovered viruses, protected the region's crops, chased hurricanes, and also braved battlefields to treat injured soldiers. They often enjoyed full, well-rounded lives, as shown by our line-up, which includes a war veteran, an Olympian, a preacher and a middle-aged marathon runner!"
"The lives of these individuals are a testament to the boundless potential of Caribbean people, who represent such a small fraction of the world's population. By showing how our Icons used the few opportunities they had to triumph over their obstacles, we hope to inspire our young readers to shine in their own fields, and to become the Caribbean Icons of this new century."