Prof Etim Moses Essien, NNOM, OFR
World Class Scientist
The Nigeria National Order of Merit, NNOM, is Nigeria’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigeria National Merit Award, organisers of the prize is Prof Etim Moses Essien who himself is a past recipient of the award.
Prof Essien is also the man who was called up by the Federal Government in 1986 to chair the National Expert Advisory Committee on the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome when the dreaded disease just made an entry into Nigeria.
He was appointed Director-General, Nigeria Institute for Medical Research, NIMR, Yaba in 1989.
Prof Essien started life as a Lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1970. By 1977, he was appointed to the position of Professor of Haematology by the University.
An authority in the field of Haematology and Pathology, Prof Essien is a Fellow of the Nigeria Medical College in Pathology ( 1971), Fellow, West Africa College of Physicians (1976), Royal College of Pathologists( 1981), Nigeria Academy of Science, New York Academy of Science, Nigeria Society of Haematology and Blood Transfusion ( President 1984 to 1986) and served on the Medical Advisory Board of the World Federation Haemophilia and the International Society of Haematology as the first African Vice President. He won the Basic Medical Sciences Prize of the Third World Academy of Science in 1993.
Prof Essien co-authored the Report on the sitting of the defunct University of Cross River State in 1980. Uyo was chosen as a site based on that report.
The ONNA born Professor attended the Hope Waddel Training Institution, Calabar for his secondary education (1948 to 1952), St Patrick’s College, Calabar for his Higher School Certificate (1953/54) and the University of Ibadan between 1956 and 1962 for his medical degree. He obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of London (1968) and the McMaster University, Ontario, Canada(1974) respectively.
He is an Officer of the Order of the Niger, OFR.