Clitheroe professor received Freedom of City of London

Prof. Norman Myers
Prof. Norman Myers

A FORMER Clitheroe resident and one of the world’s leading ecologists has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of London.

Professor Norman Myers CMG will receive the Freedom for his services to the environment and development.

The 72-year-old, who lives in Oxford, said: “I am delighted and thrilled. I was born and brought up on a farm in the Hodder Valley and we struggled financially. However, now I have been granted the Freedom of the City of London and it’s just amazing.”

Prof. Myers, a Clitheroe Royal Grammar School old boy, graduated in modern languages from Oxford University in 1958.

An expert on rainforests, he travelled to Kenya soon after, spending 24 years there. He worked as a district officer for the Colonial Office and later as a French and English teacher in Nairobi.

He then trained as a professional photographer and developed an interest in ecology, contributing articles to wildlife magazines, before studying the subject at the University of California.

He also worked as a journalist for The Guardian newspaper in Kenya.

He has lectured at major American universities, and was one of the first to recognise the threat of extinction facing various animals as a result of deforestation.

Prof. Myers has two daughters – Mara Yamauchi and Malindi Roberts - and a brother, John Myers MBE, who lives in Clitheroe.

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