Twelve to receive 2010 Musgrave Awards
The year 2010 marks the 113th renewal of the Musgrave Medal Awards and the 131st anniversary year of the founding of the Institute of Jamaica. Twelve outstanding Jamaicans will be recognized for their work in the literary, scientific and artistic fields at the Institute of Jamaica’s Annual Musgrave Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 13, 20010 at 3 pm.
Prof Terrence Forrester is this year’s only GOLD awardee. Prof. Forrester is a physiologist who has earned an international reputation in the area of hypertension research and other related cardiovascular diseases. This work has been especially significant in the Caribbean context, given the region’s prevalence of hypertension and high mortality rate from coronary heart disease. He is currently the Director of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI), Faculty of Medical Sciences at the UWI, Mona.
The 2010 Silver Musgrave medallists include Mr. Colin Channer for his contribution to Literature. Mr. Channer over the last ten years has reconstituted the position of the literary arts in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean through the annual Calabash International Literary Festival. Other Silver recipients include: Mr. Gaston Tabois and Mr. Gene Pearson for Art. Mr. Jon Williams, composer, Mr. Lloyd Brevet and Mr. Lloyd Knibb, the latter nominees both members of The Skatalites will also receive the Silver medal for their contribution to music.
Bronze medals will be awarded to Mr. Joel Saddler, Dr. Patrice Smith for merit in the field of Science, while Ms. Jean Small for theatre arts and Mr. Sean Hird, conductor/composer will be rewarded for merit in the field of music.
The 2010 Youth Awardee, Mr. Newton Marshall is being recognized for his courage and persistence in sports, for competing in the 1000-mile Iditarod (dog sled) race in Alaska earlier this year. The Iditarod trail is the most famous dog-sledding race in the world and Marshall is the first Jamaican to ever compete in this sport.
The Musgrave Medals have over the years, particularly prior to the awarding of National Honours, served as a means of rewarding excellence to Jamaicans who have made significant contributions to society through their respective disciplines.
A Gold Medal is awarded for distinguished eminence in the fields of Literature, Science or the Arts, Silver for outstanding merit and a Bronze Medal for merit.
The Musgrave Youth Medal has since 2000 been awarded to young people between the ages of 15 and 30 who have shown outstanding scholarship, creativity and exemplary discipline in the fields of Science, Technology, Literature and the Arts.
The Musgrave medal has been awarded to celebrated icons of the society including: Louise Bennett-Coverley, Charles Hyatt, Kamau Brathwaite, Edna Manley, Marcia Griffiths, Carey Robinson, Oliver Samuels, Lorna Goodison, Erna Brodber, Wycliffe Bennett and Rex Nettleford.