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Women pioneers in science recognised

Forty-one regional researchers who have made a significant contribution to science, technology and innovation are featured in the new publication, Caribbean Women in Science and Their Careers.

The book presents profiles of women from seven Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

It includes agronomist Frances Chandler and microbiologist June Roach from Barbados and general practitioner Hilda Bynoe and pathologist Kathleen Coard from Grenada.

It was published by Trinidad’s National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology’s (NIHERST) and launched last week at the tenth Caribbean Youth Science Forum.

“It is the fifth volume in a series that highlights and documents the achievements of persons connected to this region who have been pioneers, trailblazers and/or highly respected leaders in their fields.” NIHERST’s president, Maureen Manchouck, explained to Research Caribbean.

She said the series was launched in 2003 by NIHERST and the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology to address the need to archive the Caribbean region’s scientific heritage.

She noted that the publications are unique reference books while raising public awareness and providing Caribbean students and aspiring scientists with role models.

Manchouck is herself featured among the 41 women in the publication as a science administrator.

The books will be distributed to schools and libraries across the Caribbean. For further information, contact icons@nihers.gov.tt.