The Honorable Professor Turner Timinipre Isoun is the Nigerian Federal Minister of Science and Technology. His overall career and personal objectives are to apply science and technology to improve the quality of life of the people of Nigeria. To this end, Professor Isoun has addressed local and global problems of putting science and technology to work in practical and responsible ways that promote the physical and spiritual well-being of mankind.
Prior to his ministerial appointment, Professor Isoun performed research and travel grants with the Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and International Development Research Foundation (IDRC) among others.
Professor Isoun has also held several key positions, including:
Special Advisor on Science and Technology to the first civilan Governer of Rivers State and the first Vice Chancellor of the First Nigerian University of Science and Technology, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology
Executive Member of African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Nairobi and First Executive Editor of AAS Journal, Discovery and Innovation (concerned with the promotion of science and technology in Africa: applied, theoretical, academic and commerical)
Member of the Governing Board of the African Technology Policy Studies Network
Signatory to Union of Concerned Scientists’ Call to Action
Founding member of the Niger Delta Wetlands Centre, a non-profit development organization addressing responsible resource management and conservation in the Niger Delta.
Professor Isoun earned his BSc., DVM., and PhD at Michigan State University. He also had an academic career at the University of Nigeria and the University of Ibadan. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis as well as a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bernard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.