Personal History:Professor the Honourable Henry I.C. Lowe, an Ethno-Medicinal Chemist, has contributed approximately 50 years in the fields of science and technology, particularly in the health science nationally, regionally and internationally. As a result of his outstanding work in these areas he has earned several recognitions nationally and internationally, including the recent Order of Jamaica in August 2012 and Commander of the Order of Distinction in Science in 1982. He has also served on several public and private sector boards. Dr. Lowe is not only recognized as one of the regions outstanding scientists but also public servant, author, educator and successful entrepreneur.
Dr. Lowe was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and was educated at Calabar and Excelsior High Schools, University of the West Indies, (B.Sc. Hons.), University of Sydney, (M.Sc.), Manchester University, (Ph.D.), Bolton Institute of Technology England, (Dip. Technical Education), Harvard University and M.I.T, U.S.A.
A former Permanent Secretary for the Government of Jamaica, Dr. Lowe researched and established the first Ministry of Science & Environment in the CARICOM region. He served as Chairman as well as President & CEO of Blue Cross of Jamaica. Dr. Lowe is founder and Executive Chairman of the EHF Group of Companies, which includes a private, not for profit organization, Environmental Health Foundation (EHF), established in 1992, to enhance the quality of people’s lives in Jamaica. The Group also includes a commercial entity, EHF Resource Development Limited. This company has subsidiaries including Pelican Publishers Limited (a boutique publishing house with an emphasis on health related publications), Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa (a premier wellness & lifestyle centre), Bio-Tech R&D Institute (a company engaged in the research, development and commercialization of health and wellness products from Jamaican plant-based materials) and Medicanja (a company founded to develop the medical marijuana industry in Jamaica). Dr. Lowe established the first Nutraceutical industry in the Caricom region with significant financial potential for import substitution and the export market, which is a multibillion marketplace.
Dr. Lowe has discovered several bioactive molecules from Jamaican medicinal plants (particularly Jamaican Ball Moss) which are being developed for cancer therapy, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. He is also the holder of a number of patents based on the areas of his research in chronic diseases. Along with Drs. West and Lockhart, Dr. Lowe developed the first commercial product from Ganja for the treatment of Glaucoma.
Dr. Lowe has published over 20 books and has three in various stages of completion at this time. Dr. Lowe was the first Caribbean person to publish a science textbook series for secondary schools, which were not only used in Jamaica and the Caribbean but also in Africa. Some of his more recent publications include “Caribbean Herbs for Diabetes Management: Fact or Fiction?”, “Discovering the Future - The Emergence, Development and Future of Science and Technology in Jamaica”, and “Jamaica’s Ethnomedicine – Its Potential in the Healthcare System”. He has also published over 100 articles in the areas of science, technology and the health sciences for referred journals and the popular press.
Dr. Lowe holds many awards and accolades, including the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award (2006) and the CCRP Living Legend Award (2012); and is the only Jamaican who is a member of the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Dr. Lowe is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, A Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine United Kingdom, Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Chemical Society and a Life Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Lowe is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ethno-medicinal Chemistry, University of Technology, Jamaica.
1956, Kingston, Jamaica – Calabar High School, Cambridge University School Certificate
1958, Kingston, Jamaica – Excelsior College, Cambridge Higher Schools Certificate (Distinction)
1961, Kingston, Jamaica – London University/University College of the West Indies, BSc. (Hons.), Natural Sciences
1970, Sydney, Australia – University of Sydney, MSc, Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry
1976, Manchester, England – Manchester University, PhD, Medicinal Chemistry
1966- Present (Hon) Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica
1967-1969 Member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Sciences (ANZAS), Australia
1964-1980 Chairman/Member, Science Teacher Association, Caribbean
1972-present Jamaica Teachers Association, Jamaica
1974-2002 Associate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, United Kingdom
1979-1986 Vice Chairman/Member, National Energy Commission, Jamaica
1981-1985 President, Jamaica Society of Scientists and Technologists, Jamaica
1986-present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1986-present Life Member, New York Academy of Sciences, USA
1988-present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1994-present Jamaica Institute of Management, Jamaica
2000-present Member, Caribbean Academy of Sciences, Trinidad & Tobago
2000-present Member, Caribbean Association for Herbal Research
2004-present Member, World Future Society, USA
2006-present Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine UK (Medicinal Chemistry Section), England
2007-present Postgraduate Association, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA
2007-present American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), USA
2008-present Member, American Chemical Society (ACS), USA
2011-present Member, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), USA
2013 -present Committee Member, Caribbean Export Development Agency, CARIFORUM Region
2014-present Member, Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Advisory Board, University of Maryland, USA