Professor Simon Mitchell Honoured
AN EXCEPTIONAL 20 years of contribution to the field of geology, along with outstanding contribution to Jamaica's environment, were attributes that landed Professor Simon Mitchell with the Geological Society of Jamaica's 2015 Chubb Award yesterday.
Michael White, managing director of Hydrological Consultants Limited and Dairy Spring Limited, who read the citation at a ceremony which was held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, noted that his work was instrumental to the development of many initiatives in Jamaica.
"His research has been concentrated on the geology of Jamaica, using this knowledge to promote geological research. His work has produced a series of geological maps, which have been used for major geological developments in many parts of the island," White told The Gleaner.
"This mapping and stratostrophic work has not only seen academic importance, but it has contributed to applied research areas such as the development of Highway 2000, understanding the sustainability of river and mining, oil exploration and the Cockpit Country," he continued.
The professor, in his reply, noted that he is grateful for the recognition, but was quick to point out that more should be done to assist Jamaicans in recognising the importance of geology.
"There is always something to look forward to. Discovering new things has always amazed me, and Jamaica has many unique features," Mitchell said.
"The biggest problem is that geology is not taken as seriously as it should for national development. As we go forward, we are going to see more and more issues coming forward, and geology is the starting point for many of these. We need to put geology in the public arena so that more serious decisions can be made," he said.
Parris Lyew-Ayee, director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute, who was absent, was also awarded for his contribution to the bauxite industry.