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dc.contributor.authorNicol, Davidson
dc.description.abstractIt is now my great personal privilege to announce the person the college community has chosen to be our sesquicentennial commencement speaker. I can think of no one who more appropriately and conspicuously represents the international and personal values that this college holds dear than Dr. Davidson Nicol. Evidence of this was amply provided when the college bestowed the highest honor it can on him in 1964 in awarding him an honorary degree. Born in Sierra Leon of African parentage, he was educated in that country and in Nigeria. He went on to gain a first-class undergraduate honors, and then a ph.D in natural science at Cambridge University in England where he was a foundation scholar and six times prize winner. Then followed a distinguished career in physiology, biochemistry, and medical research and teaching in such far-flung and famous institutions as the University of London, the University of Toronto, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As a scientist, Dr. Nicol is known for his pioneering work in the structure of human insulin. Moving on to university administration, he became vice chancellor and head of the University of Sierra Leone in Freetown, chairman of the Association of African Universities, president of the West African Science Association, member of the West African Council for Medical Research, and a director for the central bank of Sierra Leone. Even with these heavy responsibilities, Dr. Nicol illustrated his extraordinary capacity in letters as well as sciences by winning the Margaret Wrong Prize for African Literature. His poetry is represented in numerous anthologies. Then with two distinguished careers behind him, Dr. Nicol went on to a third which won him international regard in the field of international politics. He served respectively as the permanent representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, high commissioner of Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom, ambassador to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, and most recently as undersecretary general of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Added to the just-read sentiments in his just-read sesquicentennial citation, Dr. Nicol understands that we cannot give him a second honorary degree, he understands how cherished, respected, and admired he is by this community. Beyond honoring his accomplishments, we honor him as the most successful model of a deeply sensitive human being. It is thus with great personal and professional pleasure that I present him to you now, our sesquicentennial commencement speaker, members of the class of 1983, ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Davidson Nicol.en_US
dc.publisherKalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo Collegeen_US
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Commencements Collection
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dc.subject.lcshBaccalaureate addresses--Kalamazoo College.
dc.subject.lcshCommencement ceremonies.
dc.title1983 Commencement Speechen_US
dc.title.alternativeKalamazoo and the Midwest

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