of World Class Trinidad and Tobago An Area of Abundance:
Profiles in Performance, authored by Elliot Basiien and
the flat-screen television to the discovery of rabies, T&T-born
scientists have impacted the world through their research.
In the book World Class Trinidad and Tobago An Area of Abundance:
Profiles in Performance, authors Elliot Basiien and Sandra
Bernard-Bastien highlight some of the remarkable achievements
locally-born scientists have made.
Among the ten scientists highlighted in the section entitled
Bertrand Achong, medical researcher (19281996)
Born on December 6, 1928, Bertrand Achong was the co-discoverer
of the Epstein-Barr virus in 1964.
His electron micrographs were critical in this discovery
of an unknown member of the herpes family of viruses.
The virus, the first identified oncovirus, is believed to
be the key causal factor in certain types of cancer.
Achong was a past pupil of St Marys College, where
he won an island scholarship and Jerningham Gold Medal in
Stephen Bennett, veterinary researcher (1922)
During the 1950s and 60s, Stephen Bennett developed a new
kind of buffalo, the buffalypso. Through selective
breeding, the buffalypso was designed exclusively for meat,
which proved to be of the highest quality.
It turned out, however, that the milk it produced was most
famous for its use in the making of mozzarella cheese, a
major ingredient in pizzas worldwide.
Bennett was born in Princes Town, and was educated at St
Benedicts College, which later became Presentation
College, San Fernando.
Andre Cropper, research engineer and inventor of OLEDS (1961)
Andre Croppers US patent for a new Organic Light Emitting
Diode (OLED) facilitated the development of flat panel displays,
which are today used in most electronic devices from ATM
machines and flat-screen TVs to laptop computers.
A past pupil of Newtown Boys RC School and Fatima
College, Cropper had a keen interest in electronics from
an early age.
His hobby as a schoolboy was the dismantling and reassembly
of electronic devices.
Joseph Lennox Pawan, medical researcher (1887-1957)
Joseph Lennox Pawan became world- renowned for his meticulous
study of a rabies epidemic in Trinidad that led to his discovery
and isolation of the rabies virus in the early 1930s.
Born in Port-of-Spain, Pawan won the only island scholarship
granted in 1907 from St Marys College and that year
was admitted to medical school at Edinburgh University,