'Bright and cute... not bad'

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

JAMAICA Observer online readers have heaped praises and admiration on St Thomas native Peter Nelson, who, at 25 years old, has a PhD in chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and will shortly take up one of five post-doctoral fellowships at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Reacting to a story published yesterday in Observer North & East, readers say Dr Nelson, who was raised by his mother, should serve as an inspiration for "young minds". Here are some edited comments:

CHUCK EMANUEL the original

Congratulations, and the very best of luck to you, Sir, in your endeavours.


Booklets should be published with such stories and donated to primary school libraries. Not only would they be for the children's reading delight but act as an inspiration for young minds.


This is really inspiring.


Congrats for succeeding despite the many obstacles and wishing continued success. It is, however, disappointing when so many times we see these successes stories and hear that these students are raised by a single mother. Jamaican fathers need to step up to the plate and play a greater role in the parenting arena. It would make the road much less difficult. Kudos, however, to the single mothers who succeeded against all odds.


Talking bout WURL BAAS? Seeeem yah! God bless you, my son. I hope you won't be hearing ANY explosion as your MOTHER'S HEAD should be swelling to such an extent that such an event should take place. BUT, SHE IS WELL DESERVING of the the "SWELL HEAD". May God continue to bless you both.


Now this is a story worthy of mention. We need to highlight more of these positive stories. This young man can certainly inspire others to succeed regardless of their circumstances.

Shirley Holness

A wonderful story of success, through hard work and determination. One can only appreciate his achievements with admirations. This highlights the point that, instead of making excuses that a child father was not around, and that is why that child has not done well in life is absolute rubbish. Whatever that child comes out to be, it will have to be first in that child. Again, congratulations, Sir.


Excellent, excellent!


Congratulations! We hope to hear lots more about you in the international scientific journals. Bright and cute... not bad.


Nothing but the best for this young man. My hats off to you, sir!


I love this story, you go Peter, the world is there for you to dominate.

Winston Grant

Well done. May you continue to make yourself, family and Jamaica proud. You are an inspiration to the youth out there who feel like there is no hope.


Dr Nelson, you are my super star. Thanks to the Jamaica Observer for making your story public. The Government needs to publicly highlight the educational achievements of our talented, gifted and hard-working young people. God knows that the Jamaican people must start believing in our greatness. Wars and murdering are for losers. Trust Jah and work hard and success will come your way. Selah!

Wayne Daley

Nice, positive news from JA. This young man did not turn to crime and violence to achieve. All the best to you, Dr Nelson.


Brilliant stories like this prove my point that poverty has nothing to do with crime. For me every thing in life is choice and each person choose their part they want to b in life.


Story of the year. Well done, Sir.

Andrew Whittingham

This is the type of story we want to see more of. It is positive as well as inspiring and deserves to be on the front page of every Jamaican newspaper and segmented on the most watched cable TV so that others in a similar situation can hopefully be inspired to achieve more than what they are settling for. I will even propose that we share this and similar success stories, in the classrooms islandwide.

Julie Malone

Amidst all the negativity in our country these days, this is truly an uplifting and heart-warming story. Kudos to this young man and kudos to his mother. May his journey into the future continue to be a positive and successful one and may others who read this article and feel that life has nothing to offer find motivation from this fellow's journey.


Hard work brings true joy. Well done, Dr Nelson, you've made your mother proud; her labour didn't go in vain. Stay focused, the best is yet to come.


A good technical back ground makes you bring theory to life, you are the example for our youth. Continued success DrNelson.


Simply great, young man. Lesson for our young men to adhere to.

R Rosey

An inspiration for our other young people. Thank you, Dr Nelson, and God bless and keep you on your Israel fellowship.


Congratulations on a really uplifting article. Solid achievement. It is a trendsetter which will offset the negative publicity that the country has received internationally. National honours are deserving. Well done doctor and mother.




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