Michael Taylor’s stellar academic career has been made possible by financial awards for excellent scholarship. He was one of the privileged and hardworking few to win a Jamaica Government Exhibition Scholarship to attend The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. In keeping with these beginnings, in 1992 he earned a BSc with first-class honours from UWI, and went on to receive a UWI Postgraduate Scholarship to embark on an MPhil programme. The final year of MPhil studies was funded by an Organisation of American States (OAS) fellowship. Taylor then left for the University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A., where he pursued a PhD funded by a University of Maryland postgraduate fellowship and later, a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Fellowship. He successfully completed his PhD in 1999 and returned to teach in the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at UWI Mona. It is from this base of research and teaching that he has received an International Young Scientist Award (2004), a Young Scientist/Technologist Award from the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica (2005), and no less than three UWI Mona Research Awards (2003, 2007 and 2008).
Lecturer, Mona campus (Jamaica), Department of Physics
University of the West Indies