JIS News

Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, will on Wednesday (Sept. 17), confer the National Medal for Science and Technology, on a scientist whose work and contribution to the field of natural and applied sciences, has not only advanced knowledge in the area locally, but has also impacted the country’s economic, cultural and social development. The name of the recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony.
Mr. Golding has long been a strong advocate for the practical use of research and development activities, to improve the country’s growth and production objectives, in order to make Jamaica globally competitive. In a recent address, he noted that the country must be able to see the results and benefits of scientific work, in areas such as agriculture and manufacturing, where applied technology can improve efficiency and productivity levels
In addition to the medal and a citation, the recipient will receive a cash award of one million dollars. The National Medal for Science and Technology, is presented biennially by the Prime Minister, upon the recommendation of an advisory board, under the auspices of the National Commission on Science and Technology.
The award was introduced in 2003. The distinguished recipients to date include Professor Gerald Lalor, Dr. Arnoldo Ventura and Dr. T.P. Lecky, Dr. Cicely Williams, Austin Thomas and Professor Edward ‘Ted’. Robinson.
To be considered for the award, a candidate should have a distinguished record in science and technology and must have contributed to the pool of scientific knowledge and areas of national development, such as education and training, economic growth and the development of human resources. The candidate should be a Jamaican, as only in exceptional cases will the medal be conferred on a non-Jamaican citizen.