Davidson Nicol: a man of many careers

Wednesday 24 November 2021

This event will bring together some of Professor Nicol’s friends and family to discuss his amazing life and legacy


Professor Davidson Nicol CMG (1924-1994) was a truly remarkable figure: a polymath and pioneer who was the first Black African to graduate with first class honours and to hold a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. As a scientist he worked on the structure of insulin and its breakdown in the human body, but he was also a novelist, biographer and poet.

He served as Principal of Fourah Bay College in his home country of Sierra Leone, before becoming the nation’s permanent representative at the United Nations, High Commissioner to the UK and ultimately Under-Secretary General of the UN.

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