Photo By: Michelle Edwards
A small collective of people gathered together recently for a special book signing evening with Professor Henry Palmer OBE.
Based on a period of slavery in Jamaica and its Scottish plantation owners coupled with an insight into his own formative years in Jamaica to his current status as a revered grain scientist in the UK, the book entitled 'The Enlightenment', was launched to much acclaim. Palmer, now retired, was a Professor of grain science at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland for may years and has received various awards for his research and community work. Recently, Palmer received a distinguished research award from the American Society of Brewing Chemists and was also awarded the Sir William Y. Darling bequest from The City of Edinburgh Council for his work in 'race relations', the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his research contribution to grain science and the "Black Champion" award for notable contributions to the community in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.
When asked about his hopes for the book Palmer stated: "The Enlightenment' is an attempt to show the terrible consequences of slavery, ignorance and prejudice."