In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Dr. Geoff Palmer.
Known as Sir Godfrey Henry Oliver Palmer following his receipt of an OBE (2003) and Knighthood in 2014, Sir Palmer is a Professor Emeritus(retired professor) at the Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He was born in Jamaica 1940 and started his career as a junior lab technician at the Queen Elizabeth College before obtaining a botany degree in 1964 and commencing a PhD in 1965.
Sir Palmer specialises in grain science and has written many books in the subject as well as contributing to techniques used to identify the pre-germination state of seeds. In 2008, he became the first and only European to be honoured with the American Society of Brewing Chemist Award which acknowledges significant contributions to the industry.
Aside form his academic work, Sir Palmer holds multiple Honorary doctorates and is a prominent human rights activist. He is personally involved in many charity projects and has written works on the matter of human rights and racism. His activities has led him to be named amongst the 100 Great Black Britons in 2007 during the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave trade.