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Richard Idem Somiari

Richard Idem Somiari, Nigerian biotechnologist, researcher. Grantee United States Agency for International Development, 1992; fellow Government of Poland, 1993, World Bank/Nigerian University Staff Development Program, 1994; visiting research fellow University Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1996.


  • Somiari, Richard Idem was born on June 30, 1963 in Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria. Son of Iya Ikpeme and Adeline Minibi (Somiari) Idem.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 1984. Postgraduate diploma in food science and technical, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1989. Master of Science in Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1990.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Bio-chemical, Technology University, Lodz, Poland, 1997.


    • Biology teacher State Polytechnic, Kano, Nigeria, 1984-1985. Assistant lecturer University Calabar, Nigeria, 1991-1993, lecturer II Nigeria, since 1993, project coordinator microbiology unit Nigeria, 1992-1993, curator collection of microorganisms Nigeria, 1991-1993. Consultant microbiologist Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, 1991-1993.

      Research associate Technology University Lodz, since 1993. Visiting scientist department Bioscience and biotechnology University Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1996.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: member Anglican Church


    Denomination: Anglican Church


    Secretary, consultant State Government Task Force for Cholera Control, Calabar, 1992-1993. Team leader for intervention program Nigerian Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Port Harcourt, 1992. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Nigerian Institute Food Science and Technology (branch coordinator 1991-1993), World Federation for Microbial Culture Collection, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Alumni Association (branch president 1992-1993).



    Reading, writing, basketball, travel.


    • Married Stella Ame Bassey, November 14, 1992. Children: Richard Idem Junior, Michael Idem.
    • father: Iya Ikpeme Idem
    • mother: Adeline Minibi (Somiari) Idem
    • spouse: Stella Ame Bassey
    • children: Richard Idem Junior Somiari
    • Michael Idem Somiari
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    Born June 30, 1963
    (age 54)
    • 1984
      Rivers State University Science and Technology
    • 1989
      Obafemi Awolowo University
    • 1990
      Obafemi Awolowo University
    • 1997
      Technology University
    • 1984 - 1985
      Biology teacher, State Polytechnic
      Kano, Nigeria, Nigeria
    • 1991 - 1993
      assistant, lecturer University Calabar
    • 1991 - 1993
      assistant, lecturer University Calabar
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