Sacro Board member receives knighthood

Written by
Alan Mairs
Sir Geoffrey Palmer

We are delighted to join in congratulating Sacro Board member, Geoffrey Palmer, who has received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's Honours in recognition of services to human rights, science and charity. Sir Geoffrey is Professor Emeritus at Heriot Watt University and has been an active and supportive member of the Sacro Board for some years.
He was born in Jamaica and emigrated as a boy to London in the 1950s. He managed to progress from Secondary Modern education and from menial jobs to University education at Leicester University, Edinburgh University and Heriot Watt University where he gained his BSc Hons., PhD and DSc degrees respectively. He was a Professor at the Heriot Watt University for many years and maintains contacts with the Brewing, Distilling and Grain industries. He was awarded an OBE for his research contribution to grain science. The City of Edinburgh Council presented him with the William Darling Good Citizen award, for his charitable work and was the only European resident to have received one of the four distinguished research award given by the American Association of Brewing Chemist. He is a Board Member of organisations such as ELREC, Skillnet, Penicuik CAB, Multicultural Family Base, Hanover Housing and was member of the Remit Committee of the Scottish Prison Service and was a Visitor of Polmont Young Offenders prison. He is a member of the Additional Needs and Nutrition Committees of NHS Edinburgh and Lothians. He was co-Chair of NHS Lothian’s Race Equality Forum, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and holds Honorary Doctorates of the Open University and Abertay University. He is the author of many scientific papers and books such as: Cereal Science and Technology, Mr White and the Ravens and The Enlightenment Abolished-Citizens of Britishness. Midlothian Council made him a Freeman of Midlothian in recognition of his charity and scientific work.