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History

The entrance to the Department of Chemistry as pictured on the cover of the book by Magnus, K. E. and Lancashire, R. J. (2010). The Department of Chemistry, UWI, Mona With emphasis on the early years. Ian Randle , Jamaica (Cover). It is available from the UWI Mona Bookshop, and Amazon.com.

 

 

 

The Department of Chemistry has a rich history and with it, a legacy of excellence. This history is captured in the book “The Department of Chemistry, UWI, Mona” by Kenneth E. Magnus and Robert J. Lancashire. The book highlights, among other features, the quality of instruction, high-level research which has impacted public policy and a number of graduates with higher degrees who have gone on to distinguished careers of teaching and research. The information contained in this section draws heavily on this book.  Activities and developments taking place during the tenure of each of the twelve Heads of Department, to date, are described below.

Cedric Hassall

1948 - 1957

Leonard Haynes

1957 -1969

Gerald Lalor

1969-1972

Wilfred Chan

1972-1975

Kenneth Stewart

1975 -1977

Kenneth Magnus

1977-1986

Earle Roberts

1986-1992

Tara Dasgupta

1992-2002

Ishenkumba Kahwa

2002-2008

Paul Reese

2008-2010

Helen Jacobs

2010-2014

Roy Porter

2014-2020

Donna Minott Kates

2020-
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