Today (16.10.2013) the Baton passes from Bangladesh in to Pakistan, and that’s where our next post is taking us.
A former Club21 editor, Saira Naheem, established who our earliest students from Pakistan were in a previous blog post, but during her project she also had to the chance to interview and write biographies for honorary lecturers Dr Azra Meadows and Dr Peter Meadows.
A professional wife and husband team, Peter started lecturing at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, School of Life Sciences in 1963 and Azra in the 1990s. As well as continuing their active research and teaching careers despite their retirement, they also continue with their extensive work on environmental sustainability and educational projects in developing countries, their main focus being Pakistan. For their individual contributions over several decades, Dr Peter Meadows was decorated with the award of Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, one of the highest civilian medals awarded in Pakistan, for “Services to Pakistan” in the field of education and the environment in 2005; and Dr Azra Meadows was was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for “Services to UK and International Community Relations” in June 2008.
Born in Karachi, Dr Azra Meadows (nee Tufail), also adds an extra dimension to University connections with Pakistan as she travelled from Liverpool to Karachi on one of the Anchor Line ships (Caledonia), whose archives we hold, in 1960 – an 18-day journey via the Suez Canal. We assume Dr Meadows’ return to the UK was by quicker means of transport, when she embarked on her MSc and then PhD at the University of Glasgow from 1982.