P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica. Bar: Middle Temple, London 1963, Jamaica 1963, Queen's counsel 1984.
Patterson, P.J. was born on April 10, 1935. Son of Henry and Ina (James) Patterson.
Bachelor, University West Indies, 1958. Bachelor of Laws, University London, 1963. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Northeastern University, 1994.
Juris Doctor (honorary), Brown University, 1998.
Various positions People's National Party, since 1958, vice president, 1969-1980, chairman, 1983-1992. Opposition spokesman on youth-sports, community development Jamaican Senate. Member parliament for eastern Westmoreland Jamaican House of Representatives, 1970-1980, 89—.
Minister industry and tourism Government of Jamaica, Kingston, 1972-1977, minister foreign affairs, foreign trade, and tourism, 1978-1980, deputy prime minister, 1978-1980, 89-92, minister development, production, and planning, 1989-1990, minister finance, development, and planning, 1990-1992, prime minister, minister defense, 1992—2006. Chairman Caricom, 1997, sub-commission on external negotiations, group of 15, 1998-1999, group of 77 and China, 2005.
Decorated Order of Aguila Azteca (Mexico), OrdeDecorated Order of Aguila Azteca (Mexico), Order of Liberator Simon Bolivar (First Class) (Venezuela), Great Cross of the Order of Bernardo O'Higghins (Chile), Order of San Marti Jiminez de Quesda (Colombia), Order of Fransisco Morzan in the rank of Gran Cruz Placa de Oro (Honduras), Order of Jose Marti (Cuba), Order of the Volta (Ghana). Recipient Agricola medal Food and Agricultural Organization, 2001.