Earle Roberts joined the teaching staff in 1974 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1980. His main forte was Carboydrate Chemistry but contributed to other areas because of his broad grasp of Organic Chemistry. In addition, he assited the development of courses for postgraduates in sugar cane processing.
Dr. Roberts was known for his thoroughness and his ability to quietly resolve difficult scenarios. He developed considerable research prowess. His tenure was marked by:
Acquisition of 200 MHz NMR spectrometer
Development of courses for postgraduates in Sugar Cane Processing, for teachers of chemistry as well as for sugar Industry Chemical Laboratory Technicians
Promotion of positive human relations and the department’s mark in outreach through service to Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and other examining bodies, the sugar and coffee industries, theJamaica Racing Commission and the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology