Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday paid tribute to the late Prof Julian Kenny on news of his passing

The Prime Minister described him as someone who distinguished himself as a scientist and who was highly-recommended to many national committees with his advocacy of environmental issues.

81 year old Kenny was admitted to the St Clair Medical Centre on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell and passed away yesterday afternoon.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said Kenny made his mark documenting the natural history of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and was best known for his work in zoogeography and his knowledge of the natural history of the Caribbean.

She said he was seen as a luminary in his field, with his work extending to the development of research students at UWI, developing ecological profiles of the Tamana Caves, the Caroni Swamp and the Aripo Savannahs.

The PM said Kenny was one of the country’s foremost resources in the documentation and protection of our wildlife.

Meantime Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said Kenny’s passing would be a great loss for the community of biologists, not just in Trinidad and Tobago but in the region.

He said he had the pleasure of being one of Dr Kenny’s students many years ago. 

Rowley said he really contributed to local research and wasn’t one of those persons who just talked, but went out there in the field, did the research and produced the information.

Dr. Rowley said he has left us with a wealth of information in local biology and local environmental conditions that we should be very grateful for.